Bismarck's Leadership: Beyond Good and EvilJournal of Defense Studies and Resource Management (2013)
This paper assesses Bismarck’s strategic successes, personality, and leadership skills. It argues that Bismarck was an effective strategic leader in spite of a lack of - in today’s view - essential leadership traits. Bismarck’s Realpolitik was only little influenced by moral constraints in exchange for strategic effectiveness. Bismarck’s leadership style may be described by a “morality of the master“, disregarding widely accepted moral standards, which Nietzsche has dismissed before as nothing more than the morality of the ruled. Bismarck’s leadership is a lesson in tactical means justifying the strategic ends.
- Otto Bismarck,
- strategic leadership
Publication DateOctober 29, 2013
Citation InformationHans-Joachim K. Ruff-Stahl. "Bismarck's Leadership: Beyond Good and Evil" Journal of Defense Studies and Resource Management Vol. 2 Iss. 2 (2013) ISSN: 2324-9315
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/hans-joachim-ruff-stahl/2/