Leadership (Google eBook)

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Open Road Media, Apr 10, 2012 - Political Science - 538 pages
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Pulitzer Prize–winning historian James MacGregor Burns’s definitive look at the power of transformational leadership, from Moses to Machiavelli to Martin Luther King Jr.
Historian and political scientist James MacGregor Burns has spent much of his career documenting the use and misuse of power by leaders throughout history. In this groundbreaking study, Burns examines the qualities that make certain leaders—in America and elsewhere—succeed as transformative figures. Through insightful anecdotes and historical analysis, Burns scrutinizes the charisma, vision, and persuasive power of individuals able to imbue followers with a common sense of purpose, from the founding fathers to FDR, Ghandi to Napoleon. Since its original publication in 1970, Leadership has set the standard for scholarship in the field.
  

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User Review  - J Wesley - Goodreads

Leadership is a secondary source history/political science book drawing on historical examples, psychology, and some philosophical concepts on governance. Burns goal with the book is to establish a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Wesley Fox - Goodreads

Leadership is a secondary source history/political science book drawing on historical examples, psychology, and some philosophical concepts on governance. Burns goal with the book is to establish a ... Read full review

Contents

The Power of Leadership
The Structure of Moral Leadership
The Psychological Matrix of Leadership
The Social Sources of Leadership
The Crucibles of Political Leadership
Ideas as Moral Power
Reform Leadership
Revolutionary Leadership
Bargainers and Bureaucrats
Party Leadership
The Price of Consensus
Executive Leadership
THEORY AND PRACTICE
Toward a General Theory
Political Leadership as Practical Influence
Acknowledgments

Heroes and ldeologues
The Missing Piece of the Puzzle

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About the author (2012)

James MacGregor Burns (1918–2014) was a bestselling American historian and political scientist whose work earned both the National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize. Born in Boston, Burns fell in love with politics and history at an early age. He earned his BA at Williams College, where he returned to teach history and political science after obtaining his PhD at Harvard and serving in World War II. Burns’s two-volume biography of Franklin D. Roosevelt is considered the definitive examination of the politician’s rise to power, and his groundbreaking writing on the subject of political leadership has influenced scholars for decades. Most recently, he served as the Woodrow Wilson Professor of Government Emeritus at Williams College and as Distinguished Leadership Scholar at the University of Maryland. 

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