The Dark Side of Leaders

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Leaders are often portrayed as heroes and champions, but there is also a darker side to being a leader. Adolph Hitler was one of the strongest leaders in the last 100 years, if not the strongest leader of all time. He was a man with the ability to lead a country, with a population of 20 million people, against the whole world in a vision the way he saw fit. He led Germany out of economic depression after previously being through World War I. This is indeed what all leaders strive to be. Hitler is one of the best models for inspiring leaders. He exhibited some of the strongest qualities of being a leader, which included: vision, eloquence, charisma, strong will, and tyranny.
Vision is a manner in which someone imagines something. All
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His influence on the German people was immense; he used his motivational and powerful speaking abilities to gain support and popularity. “When he would speak, he would sweat and get so fanatical about his speech that people would go crazy when he spoke.” (Goebbels, 1936)
Another important quality Hitler possessed was his charisma. Charisma is a quality attributed to those with an exceptional ability to secure the devotion of a large number of people. Without some level of charisma, a leader cannot function successfully. “Without charisma, which Hitler displayed best in his famous Nuremburg Rally speeches, it is unlikely that he could have generated enough support for his Nazi regime.” (Southgate, 1998) With his charismatic attitude, Hitler attained devotion from almost anyone that he spoke to. The German people were ready to fight the rest of the world to achieve the world that Hitler saw fit. Their devotion to him led them to feel emotional and caused them to commit themselves in his ideology; they were willing to give their lives to satisfy a single man’s goal of ruling the world. Hitler had one of the strongest wills of any man this world had seen. He refused to allow anyone get in his way; this was one of the reasons that led to World War II. He even betrayed the Russians, his one time allies, for not agreeing with his ideas. His will for Germany to be the best also helped Germany

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