Top Leaders of the World

Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

Nelson Mandela - Great Leader of the World

Greatness personified, Nelson Mandela a revolutionary anti-apartheid, philanthropist, politician and one of the great leaders of the world was the president of South Africa from 1994- 1999. From being sentenced to life imprisonment in 1963 to a Nobel Prize for ending apartheid in the country in 1993, Nelson Mandela has experienced it all.

Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

Winston Churchill

Regarded as the savior of democracy, Winston Churchill was the great mind behind the victory of Britain from the Nazis. Born in an aristocratic family, he served the national army of Britain and then, later on, became the Prime Minister in 1940. Amongst his many honors, some are being elected as a PM again in 1951, Nobel Prize in Literature, etc.

Martin Luther King Jr (1929-1968)

Great Leaders of the World

Globally renowned for his speech ‘I Have a Dream’ in Washington, MLK is one of the most celebrated souls across the globe and is named amongst the great leaders of the world. Just like Gandhi, he also continued his struggles through the Civil Rights Movement for the Afro-Americans. He was a firm believer in Christianity, hence, thoroughly followed non-violence.

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

Known as the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln was a revolutionary leader who ignited the ‘free nation’ spirit in the USA. He was an award-winning lawyer who later on chose the path of politics. Words like democracy, liberty, equal rights, etc are often used as synonyms to his name due to his inspirational journey of leading the country to victory in the Civil War.

Mother Teresa (1910-1997)

Born as Anjeze Gonxhe Bojaxhiu in 1910, Mother Teresa has left a lasting dent on humankind. Because of her unforgettable devotion to empowering vulnerable groups, she has grabbed a notable mention in the list of great leaders of the world. She led a global community in her support which avidly worked for opening orphanages, clinics, etc around the world including India. She even received a Nobel Prize for her endeavors to overcome poverty.

Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)

Great Leaders of the World

A vital mention during the great French Revolution, Napoleon Bonaparte was a reputed French military leader who afterward became a popular politician. He has been profoundly remembered as the Emperor of France as well as his significant role in the Napoleonic wars.

George Washington (1732- 1799)

Great Leaders of the World

George Washington is fondly remembered as one of the founding fathers of the USA. His greatness lies in the fact that he has been the first and the only nonpartisan political leader and the president of the USA. He is even credited for the victory of the Continental Army in the Revolutionary War.

Dalai Lama (1935-present)

Being awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso is listed amongst the great leaders of the world. He was born on 6th July 1935 to a farming family in a small town in Tibet. For more than 50 years he has been tirelessly campaigning for non-violence, peace, and democracy.

Julias Caesar (100B.C.-44B.C.)

Great Leaders of the World

Gaius Julius Caesar was a revolutionary personality of the historic times whose life has been romanticized by the famous William Shakespeare himself through his works. He is arguably the most popular Roman politician and a reputed writer of famous Latin prose. His legacy can be estimated from the fact that his name is synonymous with leadership, and the month of July is named after him.

Franklin D Roosevelt (1882 – 1945)

Franklin D. Roosevelt, often known as FDR, was an American political leader who guided and assisted his country during some of its darkest years, such as the Great Depression. FDR’s leadership teachings are still applicable for business executives today, even more than 80 years later, especially those leading a company through difficult circumstances. Roosevelt had polio at the age of 29, leaving him crippled in both legs. Nonetheless, he was elected President in 1933, and he is the only President who has been elected four times in a row, until his death in 1945. He also led the American military into World War II, allowing America to emerge to supremacy. Roosevelt is still recognized as a great leader of the world because he never let his infirmity or disability define him. He has shown enormous personal courage every day of his life.

Asoka (304 BC – 232 BC)

Ashoka or Asoka was another Gupta dynasty Emperor of India who was given the title of ‘The Great.’ He was a grandson of the Gupta dynasty’s founder, Chandragupta Maurya. Asoka the Great was the last emperor of the Maurya empire, ruling from 269 BC. He, too, made significant conquests, and his kingdom included nearly the whole Indian subcontinent. He was a gentle and a people leader. Following the terrible Kalinga War, he was so touched and grieved by the suffering that he abdicated his kingdom and all his wealth and converted to Buddhism. Today, he is recognized as a prominent Buddhist advocate who preached Buddhist principles and lessons from Buddha’s life to the people.

Alexander, The Great (356 BC – 323 BC)

Alexander the Great, often known as the “Man Who Conquered the World,” is widely regarded as the greatest military leader of all time. His leadership style, great presence of mind, battles, vision are still being praised in the books of history.  He was born in 356 BC and controlled the greatest empire in history by the age of 33, stretching from Greece to Egypt to India. He was the King of Macedonia, and he was maybe the finest military leader that ever lived. He accomplished the great feat of uniting numerous Greek city-states. He was unbeaten in combat until he died of malaria in 323 BC. His strengths were his insight, vision, and global influence, and a strong military.

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