Stalin’s Leadership Style
Joseph Stalin is the man who turned the Soviet Union from a backward country into a world superpower, doing so at the cost of many human lives. Stalin was permanently scarred from smallpox as a young boy, and he had a mildly deformed arm. He always felt he was treated unfairly his whole life, and this led to his desire for greatness and respect in his later years.
In 1922, Stalin was appointed to the General Secretary of the Communist Party’s Central Committee. He used this new position to gain power over the people underneath him. He always had to be in control of everything. He had to have it done in his own way. Throughout his dictatorship he is said to be responsible for the deaths of approximately 20 million people. Stalin’s tenure as dictator was so harsh that when Nikita Khrushchev took over in 1953 he started a policy of “de-Stalinization.” Stalin killed some of his best men, for fear that he would be overthrown from his position. The Soviet Union lost so many people during WWII (a lot of the causalities due to Stalin himself), that their population today is actually smaller than when Stalin took office.