Through a career in law enforcement, and politics that culminated in one of the most revered governorships in Hawaii history, John A. Burns displayed leadership abilities that brought commitment from supporters, commanded respect from adversaries, and led a political revolution at a time when transformational change in Hawaii was desperately needed. Out of the divisiveness of a Hawaii riddled by class warfare, racism, and economic division, arose a new Hawaii of greater unity, equality, and opportunity for all spearheaded by Burns' leadership. His accomplishments are all the more extraordinary given his personal trials and tragedies that would have proven hindrances to others.
AN AURA OF GREATNESS: A REFLECTION ON GOVERNOR JOHN A. BURNS explains the core principles that defined Burns throughout his life and career written from a family member's perspective, and provides revealing insights that will serve today's leaders well as they strive similarly to develop their own auras of greatness.
About the author
Brendan P. Burns is Principal of Aina Haina Elementary School in East Honolulu, Hawaii. He has been an educator, serving as a teacher, assistant principal, and now principal since 1996. He has had a strong passion for writing beginning when he was in the 6th grade in 1979. As the grandson of the late Hawaii Governor John A. Burns, he is a lifelong learner on the subject of leadership. He lives with his family in Honolulu, Hawaii.