Fifty years ago today President John F. Kennedy was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
On that day Jacqueline Kennedy temporarily transformed the behavior of many World leaders who were more than apprehensive about walking in the funeral procession. Jackie knew this and her body language played a significant role in her changing their actions.
Mrs. Kennedy let it be known that she would lead the procession.
By leading, the young widow evoked tremendous empathy, dignity and courage in others. The heads-of-state from numerous countries followed in her footsteps. This historical scenario provides an excellent example of how their empathy for Jackie and her symbol to them - caused these leaders to follow and thus mirroring her nonverbal behavior.
The one leading most powerfully - was the one who was not elected.
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