This week on the WarriorU Podcast, Bram Connolly and Trent Burnard start their Leader Analysis Series. During this series, Trent and Bram will be pulling apart leadership styles through history and attributing them with a score for different areas of leadership. By doing this, they hope to find skills and attributes that modern leaders may, or may not want to emulate.
This week they dissect Hitler as a leader. Adolf Hitler was born 1889 in Austria. He became the Führer of Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945. As the leader of Germany’s Nazi Party, he was one of the most powerful and notorious dictators of the 20th century.
We start off our conversation with a snippet from Hitler’s speech promoting the Enabling Act. The Enabling Act allowed the Reich government to issue laws without the consent of Germany’s parliament, laying the foundation for the complete Nazification of German society. The law was passed on March 23, 1933, and published the following day.
Inspiration and Motivation – Score: 10/10
- Highly effective public speaker.
- Achieved political leadership.
- Implementing a vision.
- Most of the population aligned with his values.
Providing Purpose and Direction – Score: 10/10
- Restructured the economy for resources.
- Effective mechanisms for providing direction.
- Positive cycle for Hitlers leadership.
- No challenge for his leadership.
- Used fear and relied on indoctrination and coercion.
Effectiveness of Leadership Style – Score: 7/10
- Führerprinzip effectively negated any challenge to his leadership.
- Dictatorial style of leadership created challenges to his effect.
Enduring Legacy – Score: 0/10
- No continuation of ideas as Nazism was destroyed in World War II
- No enduring legacy.
How it ended for them – Score: 0/10
- Was killed, or committed suicide in 1945.
- Responsible for the complete destruction of country.
Overall Leadership Summary – Score: 28/ 50
Hitler’s ability to inspire, and his political ascension through motivational speaking and opportunism, which led him to implement his political connection, creating his idealised German state through mobilising. All sectors of society obeyed his rule and also pursued his envisioned Germany.
“Hitler’s leadership led to the complete destruction of his country – that’s how it ended” – Trent Burnard