List of famous leaders with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

Leaders

From head-girl in school to a lieutenant in the army, leadership skills matter throughout life. It is said that leaders are not always born; sometimes people acquire the skills and talent eventually to become a leader. Whatever may be the case, leaders are crucial in bringing out the best and providing the much required guidance to their followers. The qualities of a good leader are often debated. It is often questioned if a dynamic personality, good management skills and a notable finesse in everything he or she does is enough to make a good leader. However, in addition to this a great leader often shows empathy towards his subordinates and encouragement for their skills and talent. A leader shows the way to a group but has to always remain humble and rooted. From Mahatma Gandhi to Abraham Lincoln, the whole world has needed a leader from time immemorial. A leader leads, helps to fight for our rights, revolt and bring about change and finally to achieve the impossible. Discover this space for the list of famous Leaders of the world with their biographies that include trivia and interesting facts about them and also tracing their timeline and life history.
A.P.J. Abdul KalamA.P.J. Abdul Kalam
Little did Jainulabdeen and Ashiamma know that their son would grow up to be the first citizen of India. An Indian scientist and administrator, ...
Aaron BurrAaron Burr
When Aaron Burr Jr was born, little did his parents, Aaron Burr Sr. and Esther Edwards, knew that their son would go on to hold the chair of the ...
Abbe PierreAbbe Pierre
Popularly known as the founder of the Emmaus movement, Abbe Pierre, a French Catholic priest gave his life serving the poor, homeless people and ...
Abdoulaye WadeAbdoulaye Wade
A politician, lawyer and professor by profession, Abdoulaye Wade secured the chair of the President of Senegal for twelve years and has been ...
Abdullah Ahmad BadawiAbdullah Ahmad Badaw...
The 5th Prime Minister of Malaysia, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is one of the most prolific Malaysian politicians that the country has ever had. ...
Abraham LincolnAbraham Lincoln
Turn the pages of America’s political history, and you are sure to find one man who clearly outshines all others and manages to attract the ...
Adlai Stevenson IIAdlai Stevenson II
Born into an affluent political family, Adlai Stevenson II was the grandson of Adlai E. Stevenson I, former Vice President of the United States. ...
Adolf HitlerAdolf Hitler
‘Germany will either be a world power or will not be at all’, said the head of the Nazi Party and the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, ...
Agnes MacphailAgnes Macphail
Agnes Campbell Macphail was the first woman elected to the Canadian House of Commons. She was also was one of the first two women elected to the ...
Al FrankenAl Franken
Al Franken is one of the most recognized and celebrated politician of United States, who presently serves as the United States Senator from ...
Alan CranstonAlan Cranston
Alan Cranston was an American journalist and a Democratic Senator from California. Hailing from a rich family of real estate developers, he ...
Albert John LuthuliAlbert John Luthuli
Albert John Luthuli, the president of the African National Congress, was an African politician and teacher. A noble man and an adamant leader, ...
Alexander HamiltonAlexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton was one of the important pioneers in the early formation of the American government. He participated in Washington's ...
 	Alexandre Auguste Ledru-RollinAlexandre Auguste Le...
Alexandre Auguste Ledru-Rollin was a French politician and lawyer whose active radical and political activism earned him a prominent place in ...
Alexei KosyginAlexei Kosygin
Alexei Kosygin was an important statesman of Soviet-Russia during the cold war. As part of his evacuation process of civilians from Leningrad, ...
Alija IzetbegovicAlija Izetbegovic
Alija Izetbegovic, the first president of the Bosnia-Herzegovina was a Bosnian activist who ruled the nation during one of the bloodiest phases ...
Andrew Johnson - 17 President of the United States of America From April 15, 1865 to March 4, 1869Andrew Johnson
Andrew Johnson, the 17th President of United States of America, rose to the position (while he was serving as the vice-president) when President ...
Anthony De MelloAnthony De Mello
Anthony de Mello, a Jesuit priest and psychotherapist, is well known for his writings and spiritual conferences. Born on 4th September 1931, in ...
Archibald AlexanderArchibald Alexander
Archibald Alexander was an American Presbyterian theologian and professor, who was the founder and first principal of Princeton Theological ...
Ariel SharonAriel Sharon
Ariel Sharon is the former Prime Minister of Israel and a military leader. He is ranked among the most powerful leaders in the history of ...
Duke of WellingtonArthur Wellesley, 1s...
One among the world’s most legendary military leaders, Arthur Wellesley, the first Duke of Wellington was perhaps the greatest of British ...
Atal Bihari VajpayeeAtal Bihari Vajpayee
Atal Bihari Vajpayee is a highly respected veteran politician who had served as the Prime Minister of India in three non-consecutive terms. He ...
Aung San Suu KyiAung San Suu Kyi
The rising and shinning face of Burma’s (present day Myanmar) claim for democracy and human rights, Aung San Suu Kyi is one of the most ...
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini Ayatollah Khomeini
Very few people can boast of having an influential personality that takes a nation by storm and reforms it completely to follow their line of ...
B. R. AmbedkarB. R. Ambedkar
B.R. Ambedkar was a leading activist and social reformer who gave his life working for the upliftment of the Dalits and the socially backward ...
Barry Morris Goldwate - United States Senator from ArizonaBarry Morris Goldwat...
As a youth, Barry Goldwater steered his family mercantile business to success, little did he know that in the future, he would dominate the U.S. ...
Benazir BhuttoBenazir Bhutto
Popularly known as the Iron Lady of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto opened the doors of politics for women in Pakistan. Not only did she become the ...
Benito JuarezBenito Juarez
One of the most important political figures of the 19th century Mexico, Benito Juarez played the pivotal role in fighting against the foreign ...
Benjamin LincolnBenjamin Lincoln
Benjamin Lincoln is perhaps lesser known but nevertheless an important figure of the American Revolutionary War, during which he was the major ...
Benjamin RushBenjamin Rush
Benjamin Rush was one of the major political leaders who participated in the American Revolution and signed the U.S. Declaration of Independence ...
Betty Williams Betty Williams
Betty Williams is the President of the ‘World Centers of Compassion for Children’ and the Chairperson of ‘Institute for Asian Democracy’. She is ...
Bill ClintonBill Clinton
‘If you live long enough, you'll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you'll be a better person. It's how you handle adversity, not how it ...
Bob WiseBob Wise
Bob Wise is one of the strongest voices in America on education issues. He is one of the first governors to come out with the proposal for the ...
Booker T. WashingtonBooker T. Washington
One of the foremost leaders of the African-American community, Booker T. Washington was a great educator and orator who founded the Tuskegee ...
Boris YeltsinBoris Yeltsin
He is popularly remembered as the first President of the Russian Federation who served from 1991 until 1999. Boris Yeltsin was a prominent ...
Brigham Young Brigham Young
Brigham Young was an American leader of the Latter-day Saint movement. He was popularly known as American Moses, Modern Moses and Mormon Moses, ...
Bruce BartonBruce Fairchild Bart...
A multi-dimensional personality, Bruce Barton was a man with many hats - a writer-author by heart, an advertising executive by profession, a ...
C.P. ScottC.P. Scott
C. P. Scott was a famous British journalist, who served as the editor of the renowned newspaper “The Guardian” for a number of years. After ...
Carl StokesCarl Stokes
Carl Stokes was an American politician and 51st mayor of Cleveland. His selection as the mayor of Cleveland, Ohio signifies a new era in the ...
Charles IXCharles IX
Charles IX was the King of France. During his reign, France witnessed several Wars of Religion which included the horrible incident of St. ...
Charles KingsleyCharles Kingsley
Charles Kinsley was an English priest of the Church of English who was also a university professor, novelist, historian and amateur naturalist ...
Che GuevaraChe Guevara
Che Guevara was a legendary political activist, who gave his life for the downfall of imperialism and the establishment of socialism. It is ...
Chief JosephChief Joseph
Chief Joseph was the leader of the Wallowa band of Nez Perce tribe in Oregon, U.S. who received international media coverage for his daring ...
Chief SeattleChief Seattle
The indigenous populations in North America occupied large parts of uninhabited land, wherein they sheltered their families and lived with the ...
Cleopatra Cleopatra
Cleopatra is said to be the most beautiful woman in the history of human race, who successfully ruled the hearts of the most powerful men of ...
Condoleezza RiceCondoleezza Rice
Condoleezza Rice is an American diplomat who served as the 66th United States Secretary of State. Often considered a role model for other ...
ConfuciusConfucius
Confucius is one of the few leaders who based their philosophy on the virtues that are required for the day to day living. Known as Master Kong ...
Cordell HullCordell Hull
Cordell Hull was a major political leader of Tennessee, USA and 47th Secretary of States of the United States. He is credited as the ...
Dalai LamaDalai Lama
The longest living Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso is the 14th and the present Dalai Lama and holds the profile of a spiritual and political leader of ...
Dan QuayleDan Quayle
Dan Quayle was the 44th Vice President of the United States of America, under the presidency of George H.W. Bush. He also served in the House of ...
Daniel WebsterDaniel Webster
Daniel Webster was a renowned American Senator and politician. Famous for his gift of the gab ability, he vehemently criticised the War of 1812 ...
David Ben-GurionDavid Ben-Gurion
David Ben-Gurion was a prominent personality in the history of Israel who delivered the country’s declaration of independence and was also the ...
Davy CrockettDavy Crockett
Immortalized as the ‘King of the Wild Frontier’, Davy Crockett is one of the most celebrated and notable figures in American history. He is ...
Deng XiaopingDeng Xiaoping
Remembered as the Paramount Leader of People’s Republic of China, Deng Xiaoping was a prominent politician and reformist who led the country to ...
Desmond TutuDesmond Tutu
Desmond Tutu is a well-known South African activist, whose efforts to solve the issue of apartheid, during 1980s, fetched him worldwide fame. ...
Dick CheneyDick Cheney
Known to be one of the most influential vice-presidents in the history of the United States of America, Dick Cheney is an illustrious politician ...
Douglas MacArthurDouglas MacArthur
Douglas MacArthur was an iconic figure in American military history and is till date, revered as a symbol of military excellence. Often ...
Elbridge GerryElbridge Gerry
Elbridge Gerry was a true patriot who played a significant role in America’s struggle to establish its independent identity, ideology and ...
Eldridge CleaverEldridge Cleaver
Eldridge Cleaver was a renowned political activist and leader of the Black Panther Party. As a writer, he is remembered for his collection of ...
Emiliano ZapataEmiliano Zapata
Emiliano Zapata was one of the key figures in carrying forward the Mexican Revolution that started off in 1910. Zapata formed his army and ...
F D Roosevelt F D Roosevelt
Jean Edward Smith’s quote ‘He lifted himself from a wheelchair to lift the nation from its knees’ best describes Roosevelt’s prominent position ...
Fidel CastroFidel Castro
Fidel Castro is one of the most prominent communist leaders of the last century. He was the Prime Minister, President and Commander-in-Chief of ...
Francis HopkinsonFrancis Hopkinson
Francis Hopkinson was one of the 56 signers of the U.S. Declaration of Independence and is also credited to have designed the first American ...
Francis LewisFrancis Lewis
Francis Lewis, one of the 56 signers of the U.S. Declaration of Independence, was a businessman and politician who represented New York in the ...
Franklin PierceFranklin Pierce
When Franklin Pierce became the 14th President of the United States, the political atmosphere of the country was that of the calm before the ...
Gamal Abdel NasserGamal Abdel Nasser
Gamal Abdel Nasser was the 2nd president of Egypt and one of the most important figures in the modern world and Arab history who served the ...
General Aung SanGeneral Aung San
Aung San was a revolutionary nationalist leader of Burmese origin. He is regarded as the father of modern-day Burma. He took the initiative to ...
George CanningGeorge Canning
George Canning was a British politician who later became Foreign Secretary and Prime Minister of the UK. During his parliamentary career, he ...
George WallaceGeorge Wallace
Who would have ever thought, that a young boy, who worked his way through school by boxing professionally or serving as a kitchen helper, would ...
George WashingtonGeorge Washington
George Washington was the first President of the United States who led the Continental Army to victory in the American Revolutionary War against ...
George WytheGeorge Wythe
George Wythe was a prominent lawyer, educator and judge who represented Virginia in the Continental Congress and signed the U.S. Declaration of ...
Gideon Welles - United States Secretary of the NavyGideon Welles
Gideon Welles was the U.S. Secretary of the Navy first under the administration of President Abraham Lincoln and later under the presidency of ...
Giuseppe MazziniGiuseppe Mazzini
Giuseppe Mazzini was an Italian activist and leader who worked tirelessly for the unification of Italy. Committed towards the cause of free, ...
Golda MeirGolda Meir
The first ever woman to be elected the Prime Minister of Israel, Golda Meir was a person of strong character known for her honest and ...
Gordon BrownGordon Brown
One of Britain’s most influential politicians, Gordon Brown became the 52nd Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, succeeding Tony Blair. He ...
Helmut KohlHelmut Kohl
Helmut Kohl is one of the most prominent leaders, who is single-handedly responsible for the integration of East and West Germany to a unified ...
Henri La FontaineHenri La Fontaine
Henri La Fontaine was a bibliographer, professor of International law and senator in the Belgium legislature who received the Nobel Peace Prize ...
Henry KissingerHenry Kissinger
Henry Kissinger is a German-born American political scientist, bureaucrat and diplomat who served America as National Security Advisor and later ...
Hillary ClintonHillary Clinton
Radiating power, authority and dominance, Hilary Rodham Clinton is one of the most powerful female politicians around the world. Raised in a ...
Ho Chi MinhHo Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh was one of the prominent Vietnamese communist revolutionary leaders, who fought the colonial forces for the liberation of the ...
Huey NewtonHuey P. Newton
Huey Percy Newton was a revolutionary political activist who co-founded the Black Panther Party along with Bobby Seale. Interest in radical ...
Hugo ChavezHugo Chavez
Hugo Chavez was one of the most influential figures of the Venezuela politics, who was elected as the President of the country for four ...
Idi AminIdi Amin
Idi Amin was the most controversial leader of Uganda. He served as the third President of the country from 1971 until 1979 and was widely ...
Imelda MarcosImelda Marcos
Imelda Marcos is a Filipino politician and widow of former President of the Philippines. Known for her flamboyant lifestyle, she took an active ...
Indira GandhiIndira Gandhi
Popularly known as the Iron Lady of India, Indira Gandhi earned a formidable reputation across the globe as a ‘statesman’. Her sheer sense of ...
IsaiahIsaiah
A Judean Prophet, Isaiah is believed to have indulged in the act of prophesizing, for forty-four years of his life. He is one of the main ...
Jacques ChiracJacques Chirac
Jacques Chirac is one of the most influential politicians in France. Getting inspiration from Charles DeGaulle, Chirac entered French national ...
James BuchananJames Buchanan
During one of the most difficult phases in American history, when old resolved issues, were once again getting complicated James Buchanan Jr. ...
James Callaghan James Callaghan
James Callaghan, also known as the Baron Callaghan of Cardiff, was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1976 to 1979. He was also the ...
James K. PolkJames K. Polk
James Knox Polk has the distinction of not only being the 11th President of the United States of America but for also being the youngest among ...
James L. BuckleyJames L. Buckley
A distinguished politician and a former judge, James Lane Buckley is a former United States Senator from the state of New York, representing the ...
James MonroeJames Monroe
The fifth President of the United States of America, James Monroe was last of the veterans of the American Revolutionary War to hold this ...
James WilsonJames Wilson
James Wilson, a lawyer by profession, was one of the many delegates from Pennsylvania who signed the U.S. Declaration of Independence in 1776. A ...
Jawaharlal NehruJawaharlal Nehru
An iconic politician and a revolutionary, Jawaharlal Nehru is widely admired for his astute idealism and statesmanship. Endowed with a wonderful ...
Jean-Bertrand AristideJean-Bertrand Aristi...
Famous as the first elected President of Haiti, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, is a staunch supporter of democracy. When he ended the dictatorship in ...
Jimmy Carter Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Carter was the 39th President of America and aspired to establish a government which was both, competent and compassionate. He won the ...
John CalvinJohn Calvin
A powerful French theologian and pastor, John Calvin is one of the well known Protestants, whose name prominently figured during the Protestant ...
John F KennedyJohn F Kennedy
A quote by Kennedy, ‘Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men’, perfectly summarizes his philosophy of life. A man with a futuristic ...
John HancockJohn Hancock
The first signatory to affix his signature on the U.S. Declaration of Independence, John Hancock was a prosperous merchant cum politician. He ...
John Hume John Hume
John Hume is one of the most towering figures of the 20th century who played a major role in the Northern Ireland’s peace processes. Regarded by ...