Quotes by James MacGregor Burns

"In real life, the most practical advice for leaders is not to treat pawns like pawns, nor princes like princes, but all persons like persons."

"The power holder may be the person whose “private motives are displaced onto public objects and rationalized in terms of public interest,"

"A leader and a tyrant are polar opposites."

"that the effectiveness of leaders must be judged not by their press clippings but by actual social change measured by intent and by the satisfaction of human needs and expectations;"

"Moral leadership emerges from, and always returns to, the fundamental wants and needs, aspirations, and values of the followers."

Books by James MacGregor Burns

  • Leadership
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  • April 10th 2012 by Open Road Media

    (first published 1978)

  • Okinawa: The Last Battle
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  • April 18th 2005 by University Press of the Pacific

    (first published December 31st 1948)

James MacGregor Burns
  • James MacGregor Burns

  • Date of birth: August 03, 1918
  • Died: July 15, 2014
  • Born: in Boston, Massachusetts, The United States.

  • Description: An award-winning author of presidential and leadership studies, James MacGregor Burns was the Woodrow Wilson Professor of Government Emeritus at Williams College and Distinguished Leadership Scholar at the James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership of the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, College Park. He received his bachelor's degree from Williams College and his Ph.D. in political science from Harvard, and he also attended the London School of Economics. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he was past president of the American Political Science Association and the International Society of Political Psychology.