Springtime for Hitler : Lessons for Leadership

Even though Hitler may have been a megalomaniac drug-addled psychopathic narcissist, the question can still be asked: “What lessons can we learn from his approach to leadership?” Answers are provided by Professor Hershey H. Friedman (Department of Finance and Business Management, School of Business, Brooklyn College, The City University of New York) and Professor Linda Weiser Friedman (Baruch College Zicklin School of Business and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York) in a 2013 SSRN paper which shares its title with the song in the clip above (from Mel Brooks’ 1968 movie The Producers). The paper can be read in its entirety by clicking this link: ‘Springtime for Hitler: Lessons in Leadership’.


Which of the following quotes cited in the paper are from (former) high-ranking blue-chip-corporation execs – and which are Adolf’s?

“Depopulate. Get rid of people. They gum up the works.”

“I believe today that my conduct is in accordance with the will of the Almighty.”

“I’m doing God’s work.”

“The victor will never be asked if he told the truth.”

[answers: in the paper]