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Transformational leadership occurs when one or more persons engage with others in such a way that leaders and followers raise one another to higher levels of motivation and morality. "Leadership" is Pulitzer Prize-winner James M. Burns' pioneering study of leadership, first published in 1978 and still considered the seminal work in the field of leadership studies. In it Burns introduced the influential theory of 'transformational leadership', which states that the best leaders are those who inspire others to come together toward the achievement of higher aims, a theory that has been the basis of more than 400 doctoral dissertations.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 544 pages
  • 156 x 235 x 22mm | 522g
  • Harper Perennial Modern Classics
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 006196557X
  • 9780061965579
  • 155,745

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Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James MacGregor Burns devoted his legendary career to the study of leadership in all its aspects--from politics to business. Leadership, Burns's pioneering study, introduces the highly influential theory of transformational leadership, stating that the best leaders are those who inspire others to come together toward the achievement of higher aims. Featuring fascinating case studies drawn from history, Leadership is the classic text for anyone seeking to understand executive decision-making, the dynamics of influence, and moral leadership.
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"A landmark historian." - Jon Meacham, Newsweek

"One of the most influential leadership authorities, James MacGregor Burns advanced the concept of 'transformational leadership,' whereby leaders have the ability and obligation to share an overarching vision with their followers." - Boston Globe

"Leadership remains a classic in the field. Burns has spent a lifetime studying presidential leadership." - Margaret Warner, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer

"Leadership had a major impact. ... Burns's definition of leadership continues to dominate the field. " - Harvard Business Review

"Touches on every aspect of politics that is pertinent to leadership . . . Burns distinguishes true leadership from mere power-holding and domination . . . Valuable . . . Offers suggestions for fostering true leadership." - New York Times Book Review

"James MacGregor Burns's seminal book on power" - New York Times

"Pulitzer prize-winner James MacGregor Burns introduced the concept of transformational leadership in his book Leadership. For him, it characterized the great leaders of history." - Management Today
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About James M. Burns

James MacGregor Burns (1918-2014) received his doctorate in political science from Harvard. In 1971, Burns won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for his biography Roosevelt: Soldier of Freedom. He was a former president of the American Political Science Association, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and served as Distinguished Leadership Scholar at the Academy of Leadership that bears his name at the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland.
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