Why Was Hitler a Good Leader?

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Although many of his ideas were reprehensible and he was responsible for the deaths of millions of people during his campaign, Adolf Hitler’s ability as a leader is well known. From his roots as a soldier and member of the working class, Hitler was able to use his perspective, charisma and electrifying oratory skills to gain the support of the people and eventually the appointment of chancellor of Germany.

According to Biography, Adolf Hitler was a highly decorated veteran of World War I before joining the German Workers’ Party in 1919, eventually becoming its leader. With the support of the organization, he attempted to seize power in Munich by staging a coup that was quelled. During his resultant stay in prison, Hitler penned “Mein Kampf,” a book containing his memoirs and personal manifesto before his release in 1924, according to the Jewish Virtual Library. Having regained his freedom and retaining his influence, he took advantage of a volatile political climate by attacking unpopular domestic policies that rose to prominence in his absence. Hitler’s Nazi party exploded in popularity, becoming the largest in the country.

Riding this wave of support, Hitler was named chancellor in 1933 and began to modify the country’s laws to maximize his power under the guise of protecting Germany’s citizens and interests from foreign parties. His policies resulted in a swift recovery from the effects of the Great Depression, and this earned him the enduring affection of the people. Unfortunately, his methods of improving the German quality of life also entailed the extermination of what he called “inferior peoples,” but despite the horrors that resulted, the fact that he was able to inspire his followers to such atrocities stands as a testament to his skill as a leader of men.