February 22, 2015

Set aside the morals

Don’t judge what he was doing, judge how he was doing it. By that criteria the name that pops up in my mind is Adolf Hitler. Without questioning his motives if we look at him from a leadership point of view, he was a very effective leader who convinced a huge nation that what they were doing was the right thing even though now what they did is condemned. His leadership qualities were:

Proactivity

Effective communication

Confident

Resourceful

Evaluative

Organised

The man had the ambitions of taking over the world which made his thinking process and his motivation to be of monumental proportions. He was driven by his goal, and his charisma and leadership style made him highly desirable to be followed by his people. All it takes is self-belief and a little sense of organisation and people skills. Some say leaders are born, others argue that leaders are sculpted by their circumstances. The debate of nature over nurture will always remain that, a debate. But leaders like Hitler are not born every day.


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  1. Good point. I have thought about the “learning parts” of leadership and have come to the conclusion that some skills are just very hard to master. Worldclass athletes always talk about the extremes of their training often underrating their talent and extraordinary performances are based on huge amounts of practice. You could argue that the best leaders were a product of their environment/circumstances like Hitler, Mandela, King or Jinnah.

    For me the convincing argument for the nature side though is the number of direct successors of great leaders who miserable failed. The sons of great kings destroyed their empires, the children of reformers underperformed in their turns and students of revolutionary thinkers couldn’t follow the footsteps. Didn’t those people have the best nurturing possible?

    23 Feb 2015, 19:40

  2. Best nurturing doesn’t really stand for everything. You have quite a lot of knowledge about the Pakistani culture and referring back to a discussion we had the other day, would we be able to be as hard working and as ambitious as our parents were. They started their lives from scratch and got where they are. With the nurturing we have, with all the facilities, do you think we can have the same drive? You can’t really blame nature or nurture in the failure of a successive generation. You can blame a bit of both. But at the end it all boils down to the person and the personal attributes he inherited from his parents as well as what the circumstances made him to be.

    26 Feb 2015, 00:22


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