Leadership

Leadership

by James M. Burns
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The world of leadership is examined through a sweeping assessment on its power and purpose to its origins in James MacGregor Burns¿s book, Leadership. This book is a very comprehensive overview of the study of leadership as it distinguishes not only what are the two basic styles of leadership: transforming and transactional, but evaluates the theory and practice of leadership skills as well. Burns stated in Leadership, ¿I define leadership as leaders inducing followers to act for certain goals that represent the values and the motivations¬¿the wants and needs, the aspirations and expectations¿of both leaders and followers¿ (19). Throughout the book, Burns discussed the leadership styles of political leaders to religious and social leaders. From Martin Luther King, Jr to Moses to Mahatma Gandhi to Napoleon, plus Machiavelli and even Adolf Hitler, Burns cited how these leaders made vital distinctions between wants and needs. According to Burns, ¿the process of leadership must be seen as part of the dynamics of conflict and of power that leadership is nothing if not linked to collective purpose 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¿ (3). From chapters on the social sources of leadership to the crucibles of political leadership and reform leadership, Burns¿ book discussed how the leadership process is not inclusive and exclusive to any one style and formula.
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