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Burns, James M
JoAnn Danelo Barbour
Elected in 2003 as a fellow into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, presidential biographer and historian James MacGregor Burns (1918–) is distinguished for his biographies of the Roosevelts and Kennedys. Most noted, however, for scholarship in political leadership, Burns changed the direction and conversation in leadership studies from leaders who possess a certain set of political and character traits to the consideration of political leadership as the opportunity to transform, and introduced the notion of transformational leadership into the lexicon of leadership theory. His 1978 scholarly work Leadership is widely considered the seminal work in establishing leadership studies as an academic discipline and the watershed work for research in transformational leadership. Senior scholar at the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond and Woodrow Wilson Professor of Political Science ...