A Pulitzer Prize–winning historian examines transformational leaders from Moses to Machiavelli to Martin Luther King Jr. in this “impressive book” (The Washington Post).
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, Gandhi to Napoleon. Since its original publication in 1970, Leadership has set the standard for scholarship in the field.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - nicholasjjordan - LibraryThing
*Leadership* is virtually an encyclopedia of leadership, with a level of fine detail embedded in historical accounts. Yes, it’s dry and long. It’s also very good. Almost anybody interested in the subject would at least benefit from the final chapters. Read full review
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Impressive overarching study of the types and effects of leaders. Essential to understanding the topic. Read full review
The Missing Piece of the Puzzle
Bargainers and Bureaucrats
The Price of Consensus
THEORY AND PRACTICE
Leadership and Collective Purpose
Political Leadership as Practical Influence
Ideas as Moral Power
Heroes and Ideologues
The Leader as Policy Maker