If you have ever had a leadership course, one topic that often becomes a lively discussion is "Was Adolf Hitler a leader?" This becomes a heated discussion because he was no doubt in charge, effective, etc. which seems to indicate he led people. However, I think none would argue he was a moral nightmare to say the least. I think it becomes a semantic problem due to the defintion of leadership. Some defintions would include Hitler as a leader and some would not. I have created my own personal definition of leadership and am very interested in thoughts of your definition.

A local blogger has mentioned that it would be a nice article to find "The Best Leader of Victoria." Given my appetite for leadership theories and their practice, I think it would also be a fun experiment. In order to do so, a common definition would have to be created. Definitely not the end all and be all of every leadership theory, but seems to do a decent job in a short and succinct manner is Wikipedia's leadership page. Maybe this could be a starting point for the discussion for a working definition.

I don't want to propose my definition at this point but will add my thoughts in the comments section if dialogue takes off.

Deliverables:

What is your definition of leadership? Using this definition of leadership, does Hitler fit as being a leader?