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 leaders must have a vision. Hitler had one of the greatest, although immoral, visions of all time. His vision of wanting to purge the world of all the Jews, Gypsies, Homosexuals, and anyone else that did not fit his definition of the perfect race. His quest for the perfect race - the Arian race - consisted of blonde-haired, blue-eyed Caucasians combined with his vision of leading Germany to world domination gave him a purpose and the power to inspire others. Although he was not able to complete his vision, he fought for it until the end of his life.
One of the most outstanding leadership qualities of Hitler was his eloquence. Being eloquent is to be fluent and persuasive in speech. Hitler would stir up the German people with his fervent speeches. He knew how to appeal to people's basic instincts and made use of their fears and insecurities, making manipulation one of Hitler's greatest assets. Since he was able to get his audience so passionate and zealous over his goals, they would follow him regardless of what he asked the people to do. Imagine what kind of manner someone must use in front of 20 million people in order to persuade them to eradicate a race without moral regret. 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...