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Baker & Taylor
A systematic study, ranging from the salons of eighteenth-century Paris to the revolutionary cadres of the present century, views leadership as dialectic, synthetic, collective, and consciousness-raising and scrutinizes its causes and effects


"To some historians Professor Burns is a fine political scientist. To some political scientists he is a fine historian. In fact, he is the best of both disciplines.... Many other writers throughout history have analyzed leadership. What is impressive about this new study is the range of Burns' reading about both Western and non-Western civilizations, his freedom from cultural bias, the insights he derives from his own observation of and participation in American politics, and his willingness to grow intellectually.”
Washington Post

The landmark study of leadership, which introduced the concept of “transformational leadership,” now with a new preface on leading in the 21st century by its Pulitzer Prize-winning author, James MacGregor Burns. Leadership is a “seminal book on power” (New York Times) written by “a landmark historian” (Newsweek).

Publisher: New York : Harper & Row, c1978
ISBN: 9780061319754
Characteristics: ix, 530 p. ; 24 cm


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