Springtime for Hitler: Lessons in Leadership

15 Pages Posted: 20 Jun 2013

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Hershey H. Friedman

Brooklyn College of the City University of New York

Linda Weiser Friedman

Baruch College, CUNY - Zicklin School of Business; CUNY - The Graduate Center

Date Written: June 19, 2013


Much can be learned from negative leadership, possibly even more than from positive leadership. This paper examines the statements of one of the world’s most notorious leaders, Adolf Hitler, to see what can be learned about leadership. An examination of these quotations will make it quite obvious what is wrong with the narcissistic leadership style and why Hitler was a disastrous leader. Unfortunately, many of today’s leaders are using what they refer to as the "corporate model of leadership" as a fig leaf to hide behind and practice a Hitlerian form of leadership. They try to build organizations that revolve around their own needs, surround themselves with sycophants, show no compassion for others, and continually cover up unwanted truths. They have no real interest in ensuring their organization lives on beyond their lifetime; all that matters is their own self-aggrandizement. Conversely, it is hoped that by studying Hitler’s approach to leadership, we can learn what leaders of today must do to build a successful organization.

Keywords: Leadership, Adolf Hitler, Quotations, Ethical Leadership, World War II, Narcissistic Leadership

JEL Classification: M12, M14, M19, M31, M54, J50, A22, A23, D81, G18, G21, I20, L20, L21, Q20, Q38

Suggested Citation

Friedman, Hershey H. and Friedman, Linda Weiser, Springtime for Hitler: Lessons in Leadership (June 19, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2282003 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2282003

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