Journal of Defense Studies and Resource Management ISSN: 2324-9315

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Review Article, J Def Stud Resour Manage Vol: 2 Issue: 2

Bismarck’s Leadership: Beyond Good and Evil

Hans-Joachim K Ruff-Stahl*
Air War College, Air University, USA
Corresponding author : Hans-Joachim K. Ruff-Stahl
Lt Col, GAF, Air War College, Air University, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received: August 08, 2013 Accepted: October 23, 2013 Published: October 29, 2013
Citation: Ruff-Stahl HJK (2013) Bismarck’s Leadership: Beyond Good and Evil. J Def Stud Resour Manage 2:2. doi:10.4172/2324-9315.1000116

Abstract

Bismarck’s Leadership: Beyond Good and Evil

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.

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