Bernard Bass

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Bernard Bass
Bernard Morris Bass

(1925-06-11)June 11, 1925
DiedOctober 11, 2007(2007-10-11) (aged 82)
Binghamton, New York
NationalityUnited States
EducationOhio State University
Known forTransformational leadership
Spouse(s)Ruth Bass
AwardsSociety for Industrial and Organizational Psychology Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award (1994)
Scientific career
FieldsLeadership studies
Organizational behavior
InstitutionsBinghamton University
ThesisComparison of the Leaderless Group Discussion and the Individual Interview in the Selection of Sales and Management Trainees (1949)
InfluencesJames MacGregor Burns

Bernard Morris Bass (June 11, 1925 – October 11, 2007) was an American scholar in the fields of leadership studies and organizational behavior.[1] He was distinguished professor emeritus in the School of Management at Binghamton University, where he was also the founding director of the Center for Leadership Studies. He was a founding editor-in-chief of Leadership Quarterly.[2] He was also a fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and the Academy of Management.[3] He is well known for his research on transformational leadership, which was inspired by the work of James MacGregor Burns.[4][5] His Bass Handbook of Leadership has been described as "the authoritative resource book in leadership".[1] When he retired from Binghamton University, he was the most cited leadership scholar in the world.[6] His awards included the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology's Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award (1994), the Society of Psychologists in Management's Distinguished Practice in Psychology award (1997), the Academy of Management's Eminent Leadership Scholar Award (2006), and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Leadership Association's Leadership Legacy Program (2008).[2][3] In 2018, the Center for Leadership Studies that Bass helped to establish in 1987 was renamed in honor of him and his wife, Ruth.[6]


  1. ^ a b Avolio, Bruce J. (2008). "Bernard (Bernie) M. Bass (1925-2007)". American Psychologist. 63 (7): 620. doi:10.1037/0003-066x.63.7.620. ISSN 1935-990X.
  2. ^ a b "Obituaries". Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. January 2008. Retrieved 2018-12-21.
  3. ^ a b "Leadership Legacy Program". International Leadership Association. Retrieved 2018-12-21.
  4. ^ Kaplan, Leslie S.; Owings, William A. (2017-05-12). Organizational Behavior for School Leadership: Leveraging Your School for Success. Taylor & Francis. p. 80. ISBN 9781317364313.
  5. ^ Homrig, Mark A. (2001-12-21). "Transformational Leadership". Retrieved 2018-12-21.
  6. ^ a b Sperry '00, My-Ly Nguyen; Mba '02 (2018-10-02). "Center for Leadership Studies named in honor of Bernard and Ruth Bass". Binghamton University. Retrieved 2018-12-21.

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