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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' 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 audiobook for anyone seeking to understand executive decision-making, the dynamics of influence, and moral leadership.

©1978 James MacGregor Burns (P)2015 Tantor

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"An impressive book. Although Burns is sophisticated about frailties of people, Leadership is also an optimistic book." ( The Washington Post)

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  • 2018-08-07

I'll read anything James Macgregor Burns wrote and

I tackled this one, Leadership, years ago. It has been nice to come back to the audio version for a refresher on good writing on what makes a good leader. One of the initial comments he makes is both timely and relevant and says something about how things change and yet, also remain the same. “The crisis of leadership today is the mediocrity or irresponsibility of so many men and women in power…" Of course, Burns has studied two of most popular and venerated presidents, FDR, and JFK. In doing so, he has learned a great deal about many aspects of leadership and its operation in various contexts as well. Well-worth your time in my opinion, whether you are starting out on your own leadership journey or where you are looking back on a lifetime of experiences.

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