Adolf Hitler: a Leadership Analysis

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Adolf Hitler BSM Portfolio Assignment
This paper demonstrates Hodges University’s learning outcome of leadership.
Kevin J. Van Dyk – Third Wheel
Hodges University

MNA4360 Leadership for Managers
Professor Ron Harbour
Due: November 7, 2012

Graded by BSM Instructor: __________________________
Grade Awarded: __________________________________

Introduction
For the past seventy years, Adolf Hitler has been known as one of the most evil men in history. The Fueherer, as he was known, exhumed hatred and violence in his pursuit of power. A vile man, driven by violence and a lust for power, eventually drove himself mad with his own idealistic vision of what a perfect world would be, and how he would achieve it. While his motives may have been questionable, his ability to lead and influence people is not. This case study will analyze the leadership tactics utilized by Adolf Hitler, as well as the personal issues he had with himself, society and the world he lived in. Also, Hitler’s unmatched desire for ultimate power, which ultimately led to his demise, will be examined as well. “Ambitious scarcely describes the intensity of the lust for power and the craving to dominate which consumed him” (Green, 2001, pg. 8). Leadership, though defined through text books as, “The ability to influence a group toward the achievement of a vision or set of goals” (Judge. 2013, 368), is not only limited to the ability to influence people. Leadership also includes the mental and physical maturity and knowledge to be able to influence people ethically and morally. The greatest problem with Hitler’s leadership was that he allowed his ego driven desire for power to become greater than his vision for his country. Without the ethical and moral standards, leaders become dictators, and most will become separated from their wits and end up with less than optimal results. Situation Analysis

In Management: The New Competitive Landscape, Bateman defines situation analysis as, “a process planners use within, time and resource constraints, to gather, interpret and summarize all information relevant to the planning issue under consideration” (pg.108). A situation analysis is a tool used to assess a particular situation and dissect the internal and external parts, focusing on the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the organization in order to accomplish a goal. Internal Environment

The internal environment, or the factors that Hitler can control, are in his eyes limitless. Hitler truly believed he was in control of everything. His goals were driven by hatred and a hunger for power. “Hitler was a master of nationalist appeal” (Green, 2001, pg.13), and “speech was the essential medium of his power” (Green, 2001, pg.3). The way he viewed the world he lived in, Hitler was able to control everything and everyone around him through his ability to speak and influence. Anything he could not control, he sought to destroy, which included but was not limited to the Jews, Marxists, Czechs, Poles, French, any intellectual and the educated middle class. From an outside perspective, Hitler was a selfish, hateful, spiteful, violent man with demented goals towards world domination, and essentially was a cancer to the world. External Environment

The external environment, which includes the factors uncontrollable by Hitler, to him is non-existent. Hitler controlled his external environment through brute force and violence along with fear. Countries like France and Britain allowed him to act this way for a great deal of time, as well as did some of the smaller areas conquered by the Nazi forces. It’s wasn’t until Hitler’s ego driven motives were finally seen by the rest of the world did anyone begin to rise up against him. Eventually, the other worldly enemies of Germany were able to stand up against him. Hitler’s own arrogance also became an external factor, as towards the end, he was unable to control his emotions or...
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