Strengths And Weaknesses Of Hitler's Leadership

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Adolf Hitler is regarded as one of the most influential leaders in modern history. Hitler’s actions in world war two, have changed history. Although his actions rebuilt Germany after world war one, his actions have also resulted in the death and destructions of millions of homes, people and places. Adolf Hitler’s transformational leadership transformed a crippled Germany into a powerful threatening state. In this essay I will give a small background on Hitler’s rise to power. I will talk about his transformational leadership style, his strengths and weakness of his leadership, and the mistakes he made as a leader that resulted in his failure.

Adolf Hitler was born in Austria on April the 20th 1889. As a young child his family moved to Germany.
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One strength of Adolf Hitler was his experience of being a soldier in world war one. Hitler believed that with his previous experience, he would be able to plan and view the war from the perspective of the soldier on the ground - which would have aided in his command decisions. Another strength of Hitler’s leadership was his task driven leadership style. Hitler was very task driven and had clear goals in mind, and would do just about anything to achieve them. such as the holocaust, and refusal to retreat when he invaded Russia. Hitler also had an amazing ability to remember very detailed information such as dates, locations, and statistics. In order to make up for the lack of lack of knowledge in the technical field, Hitler used to read just about everything that was put in front of him. Hitler had no background education in technology, but his knowledge and understanding of weapons, armoured vehicles and ships and the capabilities they had, helped Germanys war machine …show more content…
One very major weakness of Hitler’s leadership was his inability to have trust in his Generals. At the start of the war Hitler’s army had many victories and was mostly successful. Hitler rejected the advice from his generals because he thought they were being too cautious. General Werner von Blomberg, said that Hitler 's rise to power represented 'a broad national desire, and the realisation of that towards which many of the best have been striving for years '. So they did not question his decisions at first. Hitler began to believe that the victories were his alone, and his self-confidence grew to the point where he believed he was a military genius. To make it clear, Hitler restyled his entire high command, so that no one else can make decisions without his direct involvement. Hitler’s commanders didn’t really have a say in what was going on which often resulted in heated arguments and disagreements with Hitler. Because of this some of his commanders resigned, and some were even replaced. Hitler failed to allow his generals to allocate responsibilities, Hitler used to think he was being deceived if anyone under his command deviated from what they’d been told. This distrust in his officers took away the essence of leadership which was the ability to allow subordinate commanders the freedom to make decisions based on their experience and knowledge

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