Adolf Hitler was a great leader and a true genius. A great leader because his achievements as a leader of Germany were genuinely great – he engineered and executed the greatest quantum leap of the XX century (and possibly in the whole human history). A true genius because he found and implemented highly creative solutions to enormous, vitally important and seemingly impossible problems.
It is well-known that geniuses are both born and made. In other words, it is both nature and nurture that create a genius. Adolf Hitler was a self-made man – he transformed himself into a great leader and a true genius.
But to be able to do that, he had to (a) have the potential to become one and (b) be aware of his potential. In addition, of course, to burning desire, ruthless determination, iron will and discipline, fearless dare and unshakeable faith in himself and his ultimate success.
All geniuses and great leaders feel their potential – usually from an early childhood. They feel (actually, they know) that they are different from the others, that they are destined for greatness, for the great and glorious Mission (great and glorious in their eyes, of course). And Adolf Hitler was no exception (and neither was another genius and a great leader of Nazi Germany – Heinrich Himmler).
Consequently, Adolf Hitler’s life was a process of him identifying, clarifying and living out his Mission (as he perceived it). Saving Germany from being annihilated by existential threats and transforming it into a secure, powerful, prosperous and genuinely happy nation – a global superpower.
An important note (a clarification, if you will). Being a genius and a great leader does not necessarily mean the ‘moral goodness’ (or even simply ‘goodness’) of the individual in question. Being a genius and a great leader is not about morals, it is about the magnitude of achievements, creativity and problem-solving abilities.
A great leader and a genius may very well be a criminal and even a mass murderer (Hitler, Himmler, Stalin, Lenin and Mao are perfect examples) but still a genius and a great leader. Obviously, being a genius and a great leader does not and can not justify crimes (let alone mass murders) committed by the individual in question.