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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.”
James MacGregor Burns

James MacGregor Burns
“The power holder may be the person whose “private motives are displaced onto public objects and rationalized in terms of public interest,”
James MacGregor Burns, Leadership

James MacGregor Burns
“A leader and a tyrant are polar opposites.”
James MacGregor Burns, Leadership

James MacGregor Burns
“Moral leadership emerges from, and always returns to, the fundamental wants and needs, aspirations, and values of the followers.”
James MacGregor Burns, Leadership

James MacGregor Burns
“There is an important difference between the politician who is simply an able tactician, and the politician who is a creative political”
James MacGregor Burns, Roosevelt: The Lion and the Fox, 1882-1940

James MacGregor Burns
“above all, Locke’s transforming idea that government was established and maintained by the consent of the governed, in which all men had an equal voice. “Who shall be Judge whether the Prince or Legislative act contrary to their Trust?” he had asked,”
James MacGregor Burns, Fire and Light: How the Enlightenment Transformed Our World

James MacGregor Burns
“above all, Locke’s transforming idea that government was established and maintained by the consent of the governed, in which all men had an equal voice. “Who shall be Judge whether the Prince or Legislative act contrary to their Trust?” he had asked, and answered, “The People shall be Judge.” The”
James MacGregor Burns, Fire and Light: How the Enlightenment Transformed Our World

“James MacGregor Burns wrote that “the Leader’s fundamental act is to induce people to be aware or conscious of what they feel – to feel their true needs so strongly, to define their values so meaningfully, that they can be moved to purposeful action.”
Donald T. Phillips, Lincoln on Leadership: Executive Strategies for Tough Times

James MacGregor Burns
“inspection.”
James MacGregor Burns, The Three Roosevelts: Patrician Leaders Who Transformed America

James MacGregor Burns
“mobilization of manpower, he promptly asked Congress for the measure not only on the ground of mobilization but also to assure the fighting men that the nation was making its total effort and to warn the enemy that he could not get a negotiated peace. The President also asked Congress for legislation to use the services of the four million 4-F’s. The President’s budget for fiscal 1946 proposed only a moderate decline from the prodigious spending of 1945—a clear indication of the administration’s expectation of a long, hard war against Japan. The President’s message on the state of the union ran to 9,000 words; it was the longest such message he had ever sent Congress. It was as though he wanted a culminating speech that would cover all that he”
James MacGregor Burns, Roosevelt: The Soldier of Freedom

James MacGregor Burns
“In America, as Mr. Dooley once remarked, people build their triumphal arches out of brick so that they will have something handy to throw at the hero when he comes through.”
James MacGregor Burns, The Definitive FDR: Roosevelt: The Lion and the Fox (1882–1940) and Roosevelt: The Soldier of Freedom

James MacGregor Burns
“The American constitutional system had been devised to prevent easy capture of the government by popular majorities.”
James MacGregor Burns, The Definitive FDR: Roosevelt: The Lion and the Fox (1882–1940) and Roosevelt: The Soldier of Freedom

James MacGregor Burns
“equal, hierarchical, or unrelated? These relationships also define the exercise of power as a collective act. A psychological”
James MacGregor Burns, Leadership

James MacGregor Burns
“Europeans had no prospects other than the “life after life” in heaven promised to true believers.”
James MacGregor Burns, Fire and Light: How the Enlightenment Transformed Our World

James MacGregor Burns
“Why then this failure of the leaders? It was due in part to their absolute conviction that they were right. This is a habit of political animals around the world. But the Jacobins believed that only they understood the general will of the French people, hence they were morally right. Opposition was considered not merely mistaken, but evil and traitorous, and hence punishable, even lethally. The Jacobins asserted a monopoly of virtue which meant to them a license to kill those who held up other values.”
James MacGregor Burns

James MacGregor Burns
“The nation, the Supreme Court has said, has “no right to expect that it will always have wise and humane rulers, sincerely attached to the principles of the Constitution. Wicked men, ambitious of power, with hatred of liberty and contempt of law, may fill the place once occupied by Washington and Lincoln.” The”
James MacGregor Burns, George Washington: The 1st President, 1789-1797

Walter Isaacson
“went to Williams College, where the famed historian James MacGregor Burns drily noted, “He was among my median students.”17 He spent more time thinking about starting businesses than studying for class. “I remember a professor pulling me aside and suggesting I should defer my business interests and focus on my studies as college represented a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Case recalled. “Needless to say, I disagreed.” He took only one computer class and hated it “because this was the punch-card era and you’d write a program and then have to wait hours to get the results.”18 The lesson he learned was that computers needed to be made more accessible”
Walter Isaacson, The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution

James MacGregor Burns
“its major respects the national party is a holding company for complex and interlacing clusters of local groups”
James MacGregor Burns, The Definitive FDR: Roosevelt: The Lion and the Fox (1882–1940) and Roosevelt: The Soldier of Freedom

James MacGregor Burns
“licentiousness has seldom produced the loss of liberty; but that the tyranny of rulers has almost always effected it.”
James MacGregor Burns, The American Experiment: The Vineyard of Liberty, The Workshop of Democracy, and The Crosswinds of Freedom

James MacGregor Burns
“Divorced from ethics,
leadership is reduced to management
and politics to mere technique.”
James MacGregor Burns


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