Great Leaders in History

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Faerie (April 23, 2010, 10:34:40 AM):
Was watching the Hitler channel last night (History for the uninformed), and this lead to a discussion with the S/O about what constitutes a great leader. I'm of an opinion that Hitler along with Stalin/Lenin/name your anticrist here, were great leaders, they were'nt necessarily good people, but they were great in their own right and had support from the masses.

In the sense of politics and leaders of countries, what would you consider as qualities of a great leader (even if s/he turned out to be a rather shitty one historically/economically speaking). What are your views on Hitler and co in the sense of leaders and not in the sense of the atrocities that was committed?
Rigil Kent (April 23, 2010, 10:54:30 AM):
Good leadership demands a balance of several qualities, including morality. Even though they score full marks in the charisma department, Hitler and co. did not posses a balanced set of virtues. This disqualifies them (sometimes only with hindsight) from the leader of the century awards.

Mintaka
GCG (April 23, 2010, 11:03:55 AM):
In my opinion, a leader should protect his people, and respect them, and come through with promises. Not be greedy or narcissistic.

Hitler was charismatic, yes, but he offed people that was, technically, HIS people. People of Germany. They just happent to be jewish.

And, I think, a leader should have the foresight and balls to see what is better for his country, even if the people cant see the greater picture, and he can.
Hermes (April 23, 2010, 11:15:47 AM):
The end result of Hitler's rule was that his own country also lay in ruins.
Tweefo (April 24, 2010, 08:50:18 AM):
One man's "freedom fighter" is another's terrorist. . Take Mother Theresa or our own Winny / ET / Julius and so on. I think a great leader is the right one at the right time. Nelson Mandela and de Klerk were leaders like that.

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