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James MacGregor Burns (August 3, 1918 in Melrose, MA – July 15, 2014 in Williamstown, MA)[1] was an American historian and political scientist, presidential biographer, and authority on leadership studies. He was the Woodrow Wilson
Woodrow Wilson
Professor of Government Emeritus at Williams College
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. In 1971 Burns received the Pulitzer Prize[2] and the National Book Award in History and Biography[3] for his work on America's 32nd president, Roosevelt: The Soldier of Freedom.[4] Burns shifted the focus of leadership studies from the traits and actions of great men to the interaction of leaders and their constituencies as collaborators working toward mutual benefit.[5] He was best known for his contributions to the transactional, transformational, aspirational, and visionary schools of leadership theory.


1 Biography

1.1 Early life 1.2 Military service 1.3 Academic career 1.4 Political career 1.5 Death

2 Views on government 3 Theory of leadership 4 Books 5 References 6 External links

Biography[edit] Early life[edit] Burns grew up in Burlington, MA where he attended grammar school at Burlington Union School, and attended Lexington High School in neighboring Lexington, MA, where he graduated in 1935.[6] He received his bachelor's degree from Williams College
Williams College
in 1939, his Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University
Harvard University
in 1947[7] and also attended the London School of Economics. Military service[edit] After graduating from Williams, Burns went to Washington, D.C. and worked as a congressional aide. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army as a combat historian in the Pacific theater, and was awarded the Bronze Star
Bronze Star
and four Battle Stars. Throughout his military adventures, Burns noticed that when leadership was mentioned, it was in terms of the traits and qualities of officers, but not soldiers.[8] Academic career[edit] Burns joined the faculty of Williams College
Williams College
in 1947, and taught there for nearly 40 years, retiring in 1986.[9] A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he served as president of the American Political Science Association and the International Society of Political Psychology. During the early 1990s he taught classes at the University of Maryland, where the James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership was named for him.[7] In 2010 he won the Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. Award for Distinguished Writing in American History of Enduring Public Significance presented jointly by the Roosevelt Institute and the Society of American Historians.[10] His students included Georgia Jones Sorenson and Michael Beschloss. Political career[edit] A liberal, in 1958 Burns was the unsuccessful Democratic nominee in Massachusetts's 1st congressional district, meeting then-U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy
and helping him gain Protestant support to get re-elected, while Kennedy helped him gain Catholic support. Burns gained personal access that allowed him to write his biography of Kennedy, published in 1960, which calls JFK "casual as a cash register," "quiet, taut, efficient--sometimes, perhaps, even dull," and generally too cerebral and lacking in heart. This angered Kennedy's wife Jackie, who said Burns "underestimated" him.[1] Burns was eventually elected a delegate to four Democratic National Conventions. Death[edit] Burns died in Williamstown, MA, on July 15, 2014 at 95 after publishing more than 20 books.[9] Views on government[edit] As an admirer of a strong leader in the White House, Burns was critical of the U.S. governmental system of checks and balances, which he viewed as an obstacle to progress in times of a divided or oppositional Congress. In The Deadlock of Democracy (1963) and Packing the Court: The Rise of Judicial Power and the Coming Crisis of the Supreme Court (2009) he called for systemic changes, arguing for term limits for Supreme Court justices, an end to midterm elections, and a population-based Senate.[11] Burns also advocated repeal of the Twenty-second Amendment to the United States Constitution
Twenty-second Amendment to the United States Constitution
to allow effective U.S. presidents to serve three or more terms of office.[12] Theory of leadership[edit] Burns' Leadership (1978) founded the field of leadership studies, introducing two types of leadership: transactional leadership, in which leaders focus on the relationship between the leader and follower, and transformational leadership, in which leaders focus on the beliefs, needs, and values of their followers.[13] Excerpts:

Leadership over human beings is exercised when persons with certain motives and purposes mobilize, in competition or conflict with others, institutional, political, psychological, and other resources so as to arouse, engage, and satisfy the motives of followers... in order to realize goals mutually held by both leaders and followers.... Transformational leadership
Transformational leadership
occurs when one or more persons engage with others in such a way that leaders and followers raise one another to higher levels of motivation and morality. That people can be lifted into their better selves is the secret of transforming leadership and the moral and practical theme of this work.

His work has influenced other transformational leadership theorists such as Bernard Bass, Bruce Avolio, and Kenneth Leithwood[citation needed], and inspired Georgia Jones Sorenson[14] to found the Center for Political Leadership and Participation at the University of Maryland, which Burns joined in 1993, causing the center to be renamed in his honor in 1997 as the James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership;[11] it later became an independent nonprofit organization. In 2016, the James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership will become part of Churchill College and the Moller Institute at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom. Books[edit]

Congress on Trial: The Legislative Process and the Administrative State (Harper, 1949).[15] Government by the People (textbook) (1952 (20th ed. 2003), (Prentice-Hall).[16] Roosevelt: The Lion and the Fox (Harcourt, Brace, 1956).[17] John Kennedy: A Political Profile (Harcourt, Brace, 1960).[18] The Deadlock of Democracy: Four-Party Politics in America (Prentice Hall, 1963).[19] Government by the People: The Dynamics of American National Government (1963).[20] Presidential Government: The Crucible of Leadership (Houghton-Mifflin, 1965).[21] Roosevelt: The Soldier of Freedom (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1970) (1971 Pulitzer Prize
Pulitzer Prize
for History).(ISBN 0-15-602757-7).[22] Uncommon Sense (1972).[23] Edward Kennedy and the Camelot Legacy (1976).[24] Leadership (Harper Collins, 1978) (ISBN 0-06-010588-7).[25] The Vineyard of Liberty (Alfred A. Knopf, 1982) (ISBN 0394505468).[26] The Power to Lead: The Crisis of the American Presidency (Touchstone Books, 1984).[27] The Workshop of Democracy (Alfred A. Knopf, 1985) (ISBN 0394505468).[28] The Crosswinds of Freedom (Alfred A. Knopf, 1989) (ISBN 0394512766).[29] Cobblestone Leadership: Majority Rule, Minority Power (University of Oklahoma Press, 1990).[30] A People's Charter: The Pursuit of Rights in America (with Stewart Burns) (Knopf, 1991).[31] The Democrats Must Lead: The Case for a Progressive Democratic Party (with William Crotty) (1992).[32] Dead Center: Clinton-Gore Leadership and the Perils of Moderation (with Georgia Jones Sorenson) (1999).[33] The Three Roosevelts: Patrician Leaders Who Transformed America, with Susan Dunn (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2001) (ISBN 0-8021-3872-1).[34] Transforming Leadership: A New Pursuit of Happiness (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2003) (ISBN 0-87113-866-2).[35] George Washington (with Susan Dunn) (ed. Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.) (Times Books, 2004).[36] Encyclopedia of Leadership (with Georgia Jones Sorenson and George R. Goethals) (2004).[37] Running Alone: Presidential Leadership — JFK to Bush II: Why It Has Failed and How We Can Fix It (Basic Books, 2006).[38] Packing the Court: The Rise of Judicial Power and the Coming Crisis of the Supreme Court (Penguin Press, 2009) (ISBN 1594202192).[39] Fire and Light: How the Enlightenment Transformed Our World (St. Martin's Press, 2013) (ISBN 9781250024893).[40]


^ a b " James MacGregor Burns dies at 95". POLITICO.  ^ "History". Past winners & finalists by category. The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 2012-03-17. ^ "National Book Awards – 1971". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2012-03-17. ^ Burns, James MacGregor. Roosevelt: The Soldier of Freedom, 1940-45. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1970 ^ Burns, James MacGregor. Transforming Leadership: A New Pursuit of Happiness. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2003. ^ Accardi, Dina (2012-11-25). "Kent Cottage faces uncertain future". Burlington Union. Archived from the original on 2013-07-29.  ^ a b Matt Schudel (July 17, 2014). "Historian won Pulitzer for biography on FDR". The Baltimore Sun. p. 6.  ^ Bruce Weber (July 15, 2014). "James MacGregor Burns, Scholar of Presidents and Leadership, Dies at 95". The New York Times.  ^ a b Tony Dobrowolski (July 15, 2014). "James MacGregor Burns, historian and FDR biographer, dies at age 95". The Berkshire Eagle.  ^ " James MacGregor Burns Wins History Award Roosevelt Institute". 2015-03-10. Retrieved 2018-02-03.  ^ a b "James MacGregor Burns, Scholar of Presidents and Leadership, Dies at 95". The New York Times. July 16, 2014.  ^ Burns, James MacGregor. Running Alone: Presidential Leadership—JFK to Bush II : Why It Has Failed and How We Can Fix It. New York: Basic Books, 2006. ^ Turan, S. & Sny, C. (1996). An exploration of transformational leadership and its role in strategic planning: A conceptual framework. ^ "Sorenson, Georgia - SAGE Publications Inc".  ^ "Congress on Trial, by James Macgregor Burns".  ^ "Amazon.com: James MacGregor Burns: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle".  ^ "Roosevelt: the lion and the fox".  ^ "John Kennedy".  ^ "The Deadlock of Democracy".  ^ "Government By the People; the Dynamics of American National Government: J et al MacGregor Burns: Amazon.com: Books".  ^ "Presidental[sic] Government".  ^ "Roosevelt, the Soldier of Freedom".  ^ "Uncommon sense".  ^ "Edward Kennedy and the Camelot Legacy".  ^ "Leadership".  ^ "The Vineyard of Liberty".  ^ "Power to Lead".  ^ "The Workshop of Democracy - Books on Google Play".  ^ "The Crosswinds of Freedom".  ^ "Cobblestone Leadership: Majority Rule, Minority Power (Julian J Rothbaum Distinguished Lecture Series): James MacGregor Burns: 9780806123141: Amazon.com: Books".  ^ "A People's Charter: The Pursuit of Rights in America: James MacGregor Burns, Stewart Burns: 9780394577630: Amazon.com: Books".  ^ "The Democrats Must Lead: The Case for a Progressive Democratic Party".  ^ "Dead Center: Clinton-Gore Leadership and the Perils of Moderation: James Macgregor Burns, Georgia Jones Sorenson: 9780684837789: Amazon.com: Books".  ^ "The Three Roosevelts".  ^ "Transforming Leadership".  ^ "Amazon.com: George Washington (The American Presidents Series) (9780805069365): James MacGregor Burns, Susan Dunn, Arthur M. Schlesinger: Books".  ^ "Encyclopedia of Leadership 4 vol. set: George R. (EDT)/ Sorenson, Georgia Jones (EDT)/ Burns, James MacGregor (EDT) Goethals: 9780761925972: Amazon.com: Books".  ^ "Running Alone".  ^ "Packing the Court".  ^ "Fire and Light". 

External links[edit]

Video: James MacGregor Burns on Leadership on YouTube University of Maryland's James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership A film clip "The Open Mind - America's Past and Future Greatness, Part I (1985)" is available at the Internet Archive A film clip "The Open Mind - America's Past and Future Greatness, Part II (1985)" is available at the Internet Archive Appearances on C-SPAN James MacGregor Burns at Find a Grave
Find a Grave

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Presidents of the American Political Science Association


Frank Johnson Goodnow
Frank Johnson Goodnow
(1903-05) Albert Shaw (1905-06) Frederick N. Judson (1906-07) James Bryce (1907-08) Abbott Lawrence Lowell
Abbott Lawrence Lowell
(1908-09) Woodrow Wilson
Woodrow Wilson
(1909-10) Simeon Eben Baldwin
Simeon Eben Baldwin
(1910-11) Albert Bushnell Hart
Albert Bushnell Hart
(1911-12) Westel W. Willoughby (1912-13) John Bassett Moore
John Bassett Moore
(1913-14) Ernst Freund (1914-15) Jesse Macy (1915-16) Munroe Smith (1916-18) Henry Jones Ford
Henry Jones Ford
(1918-19) Paul Samuel Reinsch
Paul Samuel Reinsch
(1919-20) Leo Stanton Rowe
Leo Stanton Rowe
(1920-21) William Archibald Dunning (1921-22) Harry Augustus Garfield
Harry Augustus Garfield
(1922-23) James Wilford Garner (1923-24) Charles Edward Merriam
Charles Edward Merriam


Charles A. Beard
Charles A. Beard
(1925-26) William B. Munro (1926-27) Jesse S. Reeves (1927-28) John A. Fairlie (1928-29) Benjamin F. Shambaugh (1929-30) Edward Samuel Corwin
Edward Samuel Corwin
(1930-31) William F. Willoughby (1931-32) Isidor Loeb (1932-33) Walter J. Shepard (1933-34) Francis W. Coker (1934-35) Arthur N. Holcombe (1935-36) Thomas Reed Powell (1936-37) Clarence Addison Dykstra (1937-38) Charles Grove Haines (1938-39) Robert C. Brooks (1939-40) Frederic A. Ogg (1940-41) William Anderson (1941-42) Robert E. Cushman (1942-43) Leonard D. White (1943-44) John Gaus (1944-45) Walter F. Dodd
Walter F. Dodd
(1945-46) Arthur MacMahon (1946-47) Henry R. Spencer (1947-48) Quincy Wright (1948-49) James K. Pollock (1949-50)


Peter H. Odegard (1950-51) Luther Gulick (1951-52) E. Pendleton Herring (1952-53) Ralph Bunche
Ralph Bunche
(1953-54) Charles McKinley (1954-55) Harold Lasswell
Harold Lasswell
(1955-56) Elmer Eric Schattschneider (1956-57) V. O. Key Jr. (1957-58) R. Taylor Cole (1958-59) Carl B. Swisher (1959-60) Emmette Redford (1960-61) Charles S. Hyneman (1961-62) Carl Joachim Friedrich (1962-63) C. Herman Pritchett (1963-64) David Truman (1964-65) Gabriel Almond
Gabriel Almond
(1965-66) Robert A. Dahl
Robert A. Dahl
(1966-67) Merle Fainsod (1967-68) David Easton
David Easton
(1968-69) Karl Deutsch (1969-70) Robert E. Lane (1970-71) Heinz Eulau (1971-72) Robert E. Ward (1972-73) Avery Leiserson (1973-74) J. Austin Ranney (1974-75)


James MacGregor Burns (1975-76) Samuel Beer (1976-77) John C. Wahlke (1977-78) Leon D. Epstein (1978-79) Warren Miller (1979-80) Charles E. Lindblom (1980-81) Seymour Martin Lipset
Seymour Martin Lipset
(1981-82) William H. Riker (1982-83) Philip Converse (1983-84) Richard Fenno (1984-85) Aaron Wildavsky (1985-86) Samuel P. Huntington
Samuel P. Huntington
(1986-87) Kenneth Waltz
Kenneth Waltz
(1987-88) Lucian Pye (1988-89) Judith N. Shklar (1989-90) Theodore J. Lowi
Theodore J. Lowi
(1990-91) James Q. Wilson (1991-92) Lucius J. Barker (1992-93) Charles O. Jones (1993-94) Sidney Verba (1994-95) Arend Lijphart (1995-96) Elinor Ostrom
Elinor Ostrom
(1996-97) M. Kent Jennings (1997-98) Matthew Holden (1998-99) Robert Keohane
Robert Keohane


Robert Jervis
Robert Jervis
(2000-01) Robert D. Putnam
Robert D. Putnam
(2001-02) Theda Skocpol
Theda Skocpol
(2002-03) Susanne Hoeber Rudolph (2003-04) Margaret Levi (2004-05) Ira Katznelson (2005-06) Robert Axelrod (2006-07) Dianne Pinderhughes (2007-08) Peter J. Katzenstein (2008-09) Henry Brady (2009-10) Carole Pateman
Carole Pateman
(2010-11) G. Bingham Powell (2011-12) Jane Mansbridge
Jane Mansbridge
(2012-13) John Aldrich (2013-14) Rodney E. Hero (2014-15) Jennifer Hochschild (2015-16) David A. Lake (2016-)

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Pulitzer Prize
Pulitzer Prize
for History (1951–1975)

R. Carlyle Buley
R. Carlyle Buley
(1951) Oscar Handlin (1952) George Dangerfield (1953) Bruce Catton
Bruce Catton
(1954) Paul Horgan (1955) Richard Hofstadter
Richard Hofstadter
(1956) George F. Kennan
George F. Kennan
(1957) Bray Hammond (1958) Leonard D. White and Jean Schneider (1959) Margaret Leech (1960) Herbert Feis (1961) Lawrence H. Gipson (1962) Constance McLaughlin Green (1963) Sumner Chilton Powell (1964) Irwin Unger (1965) Perry Miller (1966) William H. Goetzmann (1967) Bernard Bailyn (1968) Leonard Levy (1969) Dean Acheson
Dean Acheson
(1970) James MacGregor Burns (1971) Carl Neumann Degler (1972) Michael Kammen (1973) Daniel J. Boorstin
Daniel J. Boorstin
(1974) Dumas Malone
Dumas Malone

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