However, Hitler’s decision-making process was even more complex. True, he based some decisions on purely pragmatic considerations, others on perceived ‘revelations’ from the Providence, but there were decisions based on pure idealism.
Adolf Hitler was a very complex and controversial individual – and in his decision-making patterns, too. At different times he was a pragmatic politician, a mystical and passionate deist… or an idealist.
Contrary to, alas, a very widespread belief, Adolf Hitler had his own moral code. He not always lived by it (few people do), but sometimes he made decisions (even vitally important decisions) on this moral code of his. In other words, he based these decisions not on practical political (or military) considerations but on what was the right thing to do according to his moral code.
The two obvious examples (that ultimately heavily contributed to his defeat in World War II) were his decision not to finish off British forces at Dunkirk (actually, his whole war against the British was based on his idealism) and his declaration of war on the United States.
Adolf Hitler was obviously a genius. A genius because he solved seemingly impossible problems and led Germany to the most impressive quantum leap in modern history. Maybe, in the whole human history.
More than that, he led the project of a comprehensive reengineering of Germany, creating not just a totally new system (political, economic, social, cultural, etc.), but a whole new and a totally unique civilization – the Third Reich.
Adolf Hitler was a great leader. Possibly the greatest leader of the XX century (although Joseph Stalin might be an even greater leader). Visionary, charismatic, inspirational, confident, emphatic leader. The true Führer.
In addition to that, Adolf Hitler was a truly great manager. One of the greatest CEOs of a major nation in the XX century. He assembled a very impressive team of highly competent professionals, set the general goals, provided the necessary authority, general guidance and motivation… and gave them almost complete freedom in how to reach these goals. And they performed a general miracle, pulling off the quantum leap unparalleled in modern history.
This is exactly what a great CEO does. Actually, this is not surprising that Hitler was such a great CEO. His contemporary Carl Jung called Hitler “the greatest psychologist of the 1930s.” capable of “reading the minds” of individuals, social groups and the whole nations.
His arch-enemy Winston Churchill once said about Hitler: “If our country were defeated, I hope we should find a champion as indomitable to restore our courage and lead us back to our place among the nations. (Evening Standard, 17 September 1937: “Friendship with Germany”).