Hitler's Macbeth: The Qualities Of A Bad Leader

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Leadership can be defined and seen in many different ways, but the base, key qualities of a good leader generally should stay the same. Such qualities include honesty, compassion, integrity, confidence, and flexibility. When referring to a so-called “bad leader”, it is important to tell the difference between being bad at leading, and morally corrupt. When we come across a morally corrupt leader in history, we tend to compare theses base, key qualities of a defined “good” leader to the qualities of the said, bad leader. Along with Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Adolf Hitler, the Chancellor of Germany during 1934-1945, demonstrates the qualities a morally corrupt leader. Hitler manipulated the public into thinking that the Jews were the source of all …show more content…
In Macbeth, Macbeth convinces his people that Macduff is a traitor. This allows the people to unite together and form a mutual hatred towards Macduff instead of Macbeth’s corrupt regime. As seen in the quote from Macduff’s son: “Was my father a traitor, mother?”(4.2.51), and his mother’s response: “Ay, that he was.”(4.2.52), you can see that he even managed to convince Macduff’s own family of his seemingly unfaithfulness and the possibility that he was a traitor. This let’s you know that right now the only people looking at Macbeth as a potential evil are Macduff and Malcolm. Hitler unites his people with the common hatred of the Jews. The Jews were an easy scapegoat because they have been used in the past multiple times as such, because they are blamed for the death of Jesus Christ. That can be used to fuel the driving force behind the hatred of a group of people. This strategy has been used in the past for multiple different occasions because it unites the people of a country or government against a specific person or group of people, other than the government …show more content…
A leader that has admirable qualities such as the five listed in the first paragraph, is a good leader. But there are often times where even the most honorable leaders turn corrupt or face moral dilemmas and do not make the right decision. Or there are leaders that have been corrupt from the beginning and have no hope in coming back to the good side, Leaders like Macbeth and Hitler were corrupt from the beginning. Hitler’s intentions from before he was elected chancellor and dictator of Germany was to eradicate all Jews because he blamed them for the downfall of Germany and the economic status. All Macbeth ever wanted was to be king, and to stay king at all costs. He never accomplished anything in the king manner, instead he was just worrying about who he would have to kill next to cover his tracks. Leaders also tend to use scapegoats instead of taking responsibility for their actions. This shows a sign of weakness and a level of cowardice. Corrupt Leaders use fear to gain control. It is the ultimate motivator when it comes to the public 's actions. When someone becomes as powerful as Macbeth or Hitler, sometimes they’re goal might be changed based on the power they have. Power in itself has the ability to corrupt people, but it also has the chance to do just as much good that it can do harm, it just depends on the true level of morality that person

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