Search - List of Books by James MacGregor Burns

"Divorced from ethics, leadership is reduced to management and politics to mere technique." -- James MacGregor Burns
James MacGregor Burns (born August 3, 1918) was a presidential biographer, authority on Leadership Studies, Woodrow Wilson Professor (emeritus) of Political Science at Williams College, where he also received his B.A. He was also a scholar at the James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership at the University of Maryland, College Park. He received a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award in 1971 for his Soldier of Freedom 1940-1945.

His key innovation in leadership theory was shifting away from studying the traits of great men and transactional management to focus on the interaction of leaders and led as collaborators working toward mutual benefit. He is best known for contributions to the Transformational, Aspirational and Visionary schools of leadership theory. Burns has advocated repeal of the 22nd amendment to allow effective presidents to have a third or fourth term of office.

Excerpts from his book Leadership:

  • Leadership over human beings is exercised when persons with certain motives and purposes mobilize, in competition or conflict with others, institutional, political, psychological, and other resources so as to arouse, engage, and satisfy the motives of followers... in order to realize goals mutually held by both leaders and followers....
  • 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.
  • That people can be lifted into their better selves is the secret of transforming leadership and the moral and practical theme of this work.

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Total Books: 159
Fire and Light How the Enlightenment Transformed Our World
Packing the Court The Rise of Judicial Power and the Coming Crisis of the Supreme Court
Roosevelt The Soldier of Freedom
2008 - Roosevelt the Soldier of Freedom (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781597407144
ISBN-10: 1597407143
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Running Alone Presidential Leadership from JFK to Bush II
Government by the People
2007 - Government By the People (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780131346826
ISBN-10: 0131346822
Genres: Children's Books, Teen & Young Adult
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2007 - Realidades Level A [Spanish Edition] (Hardcover)Hardcover
Government by the People National Version
2007 - Government By the People National Version (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780131590434
ISBN-10: 013159043X
Genre: Engineering & Transportation
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Government by the People Teaching and Learning Classroom Edition
Government by the People National State and Local Version
2007 - Government By the People National State and Local Version (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780132332835
ISBN-10: 0132332833
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Running Alone Presidential Leadership from JFK to Bush II -- Why It Has Failed and How We Can Fix It
State and Local Politics Government by the People
2006 - State and Local Politics Government By the People [12th Edition] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780131992313
ISBN-10: 0131992317
Genre: Nonfiction
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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Government by the People Teaching and Learning  Classroom  Edition
2005 - Government By the People Teaching and Learning Classroom Edition [6th Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780131930056
ISBN-10: 0131930052
Genre: Nonfiction
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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Government by the People Brief Election Update
2004 - Government By the People Brief Election Update [5th Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780131939066
ISBN-10: 0131939068
Genre: Nonfiction
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George Washington
2004 - George Washington [Thorndike Press Large Print American History Series] (Hardcover)Hardcover, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9780786265022
ISBN-10: 0786265027
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
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Transforming Leadership A New Pursuit of Happiness
2004 - Transforming Leadership a New Pursuit of Happiness (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780802141187
ISBN-10: 0802141188
Genre: Nonfiction
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George Washington
2004 - George Washington [American Presidents - Audio CD - Abridged] (Audio CD)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781559279932
ISBN-10: 1559279931
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Currently 2.5/5 Stars.
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Leaders Who Changed the World
2004 - Leaders Who Changed the World (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780670057634
ISBN-10: 0670057630
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Transforming Leadership
2003 - Transforming Leadership (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781843541684
ISBN-10: 1843541688
Genres: Business & Money, Nonfiction
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Government by the People Brief Fifth Edition
2003 - Government By the People Brief Fifth Edition (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780131842267
ISBN-10: 0131842269
Genre: Nonfiction
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Government by the People State and Local Politics 11th Edition
2003 - Government By the People State and Local Politics 11th Edition (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780130287908
ISBN-10: 0130287903
Genre: Nonfiction
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Government by the People National Version 20th Edition
2003 - Government By the People National Version 20th Edition (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780131101708
ISBN-10: 0131101706
Genre: Nonfiction
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Government by the People National State and Local Version 20th Edition
2003 - Government By the People National State and Local Version 20th Edition (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780131101739
ISBN-10: 0131101730
Genre: Nonfiction
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2001 - Government By the People 2001-2002 [Brief 4th Edition] (Paperback)Hardcover
1996 - Soldier of Freedom [Leaders of Our Times] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
1996 - Roosevelt the Lion and the Fox [Leaders of Our Times Series] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
1990 - Crosswinds of Freedom V 3 the American Experiment [The American Experiment, Vol 3] (Paperback)Hardcover
1986 - Workshop of Democracy V 2 the Amer Experiment [The American Experiment, Vol II] (Paperback)
1985 - The Workshop of Democracy [American Experiment, Vol 2] (Hardcover)
1982 - The VIneyard of Liberty [American Experiment] (Hardcover)Paperback
1975 - Ecce Romani I [Latin Edition] (Hardcover)
Cobblestone Leadership Majority Rule Minority Power [Julian J Rothbaum Distinguished Lecture Series] (Hardcover)
Franklin Ruzvelt [Russian Edition] (Hardcover)