Hitler as a Leader

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When a person thinks of an influential leader throughout history, thoughts usually tend to steer towards ethical or religious leaders such as, Ghandi, Jesus, Martin Luther King Jr, Abraham Lincoln, Mother Theresa, etc. To categorize Adolf Hitler into this group of moral individuals seems appalling and discourteous to the above named leaders. However, the most encompassing definition of a true leader is a person with the “ability to influence followers to achieve common goals through shared purposes” (Weiss, 2011). While his moral compass was fragmented and his ethics seem non-existent, Adolf Hitler had the leadership ability to instill core ideals and standards into his constituents, to motivate his followers to all work towards a common goal and to influence his followers to change their “actions, behaviors and their opinions of others” (Weiss, 2011).
According to the Trait Theory, or “great man” theory, certain traits and characteristics in men are supporting factors in that person being an effective leader (Weiss, 2011). Hitler differentiated himself as a great leader in his possession of many of those traits: assertiveness, initiative, dominance, self–confidence, stress tolerance, responsibility, achievement orientation, adaptability, cleverness, persuasiveness, organizational and speaking abilities, risk taking, and originality. “His was no ordinary dictatorship, but rather one of great energy and magnificent planning” (Adolf Hitler, Man of the Year, 1938).
Hitler had innate social intelligence. He was able to understand the complex emotions of his constituents. He knew that after the Germany lost WWI and the Treaty of Versailles was signed, the people of Germany felt defeated. With huge war reparations being demanded from the German population, the economic forecast was dire and most Germans were…...

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