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ABSTRACT. Much can be learned from negative leadership, possibly even more than from positive leadership. This paper examines the statements of one of the world’s most notorious leaders, Adolf Hitler, to see what can be learned about leadership. An examination of these quotations will make it quite obvious what is wrong with the narcissistic leadership style and why Hitler was a disastrous leader. Unfortunately, many of today’s leaders are using what they refer to as the “corporate model of leadership” as a fig leaf to hide behind and practice a Hitlerian form of leadership. They try to build organizations that revolve around their own needs, surround themselves with sycophants, show no compassion for others, and continually cover up unwanted truths. They have no real interest in ensuring their organization lives on beyond their lifetime; all that matters is their own self-aggrandizement. Conversely, it is hoped that by studying Hitler’s approach to leadership, we can learn what leaders of today must do to build a successful organization. pp. 27–42
JEL Codes: D73; L22; O19

Keywords: leadership; Adolf Hitler; quotations; ethical leadership; narcissistic leadership

How to cite: Friedman, Hershey H., and Linda Weiser Friedman (2014), "Springtime for Hitler: Lessons in Leadership," Psychosociological Issues in Human Resource Management 2(2): 27–42.

HERSHEY H. FRIEDMAN
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Brooklyn College,
City University of New York, United States of America
LINDA WEISER FRIEDMAN
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Baruch College,
City University of New York, United States of America

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