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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (41 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James MacGregor Burns Narrator: Patrick Cullen Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Transforming Leadership examines how leaders evolve from ordinary “transactional” deal-makers into dynamic agents of major social change who empower their followers.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author James MacGregor Burns illuminates the evolution of leadership structures—from the chieftains of tribal African societies, through Europe’s absolute monarchies, to the blossoming of the Enlightenment’s ideals of liberty and democracy. Along the way, he looks at key leaders who attempted to transform their worlds—Elizabeth I, Washington, Jefferson, Gandhi, Eleanor Roosevelt, Gorbachev, and others. The book culminates in a bold and innovative plan to address the greatest global leadership challenge of the twenty-first century: the problem of global poverty.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Mr. Burns calls the reader’s attention to a paradox at the heart of all leadership: that the best leaders often follow an agenda set by their followers.”

    New York Times

  • “Burns’ underlying theory imagines leadership as part of a broader social process in which leaders and followers are closely interrelated…Amusing asides…enliven the scholarly consideration of leadership’s evolution over the centuries.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tommy | 2/2/2010

    " Good ol' Professor Burns is the master of all things leadership. Go Ephs! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Marjorie.harris | 9/21/2008

    " if you are thinking of leading... anyone... in school, your community, your church... you must read this... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tommy | 2/1/2008

    " Good ol' Professor Burns is the master of all things leadership. Go Ephs! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Marjorie.harris | 10/20/2007

    " if you are thinking of leading... anyone... in school, your community, your church... you must read this... "

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About the Author

James MacGregor Burns, political scientist and author, is a senior scholar at the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond and professor emeritus at Williams College. He is the author of numerous books on leadership, including Roosevelt: The Soldier of Freedom, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1978 and the National Book Award.