John Maxwell’s quote, ‘A leader is the one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way’ can best describe what distinguishing qualities great leaders have. Ever since the start of the civilization, there have been great political leaders who have led from the front and have been able to convert their vision into reality. They changed the paradigm of living life and influenced future generations with their inspirational and motivational thoughts, ideals and principles. Their influence is noteworthy as till date, these great leaders continue to exert a strong control over our life, inspiring us, entertaining us, challenging us and changing our world with their beliefs, ethics and standards set. The 20th century saw a surge of political leaders globally who changed the world, for better or worse. When Adolf Hitler took over the command over Germany, not many anticipated what his reign would be like. Arguably, the most debatable personality of the century, he was the cruellest and most hated leader in world history but with great leadership skills. Having said that, there have been many leaders who are honoured and loved till date for their work, be it John F. Kennedy, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr., Mikhail Gorbachev and so on. Explore this section to know more about some of the famous leaders of the 20th century.
Joe BidenJoe Biden
20 November 1942, American
46th President of the United States
Kamala HarrisKamala Harris
20 October 1964, American
Vice Preseiden of the United States

Barack ObamaBarack Obama
04 August 1961, American
44th U.S. President

Nancy PelosiNancy Pelosi
26 March 1940, American
Politician

Ted CruzTed Cruz
22 December 1970, American
Politician

Queen Victoria Queen Victoria
24 May 1819, British
Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and
Margaret ThatcherMargaret Thatcher
13 October 1925, British
Former British Prime Minister

Winston ChurchillWinston Churchill
30 November 1874, British
Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Mitch McConnellMitch McConnell
20 February 1942, American
United States Senator
Adolf HitlerAdolf Hitler
20 April 1889, Austrian, German
Nazi Leader, German Dictator and Chancellor of

John F. KennedyJohn F. Kennedy
29 May 1917, American
35th President of the United States
Ronald ReaganRonald Reagan
06 February 1911, American
40th U.S. President

Jimmy CarterJimmy Carter
01 October 1924, American
39th U.S. President

Arnold SchwarzeneggerArnold Schwarzenegger
30 July 1947, Austrian, American
Former Governor of California

Bernie SandersBernie Sanders
08 September 1941, American
Politician

Mike PenceMike Pence
07 June 1959, American
Vice President of the United States
George W. BushGeorge W. Bush
06 July 1946, American
43rd U.S. President

Bill ClintonBill Clinton
19 August 1946, American
 

Richard NixonRichard Nixon
09 January 1913, American
37th President of the United States

Liz CheneyLiz Cheney
28 July 1966, American
U.S. Representative
George H. W. BushGeorge H. W. Bush
12 June 1924, American
41st U.S. President

Lord MountbattenLord Mountbatten
25 June 1900, British
Last Viceroy of British India and Governor-General
Boris JohnsonBoris Johnson
19 June 1964, British, American
British Prime Minister

Vladimir PutinVladimir Putin
07 October 1952, Russian
President of Russia

Aung San Suu KyiAung San Suu Kyi
19 June 1945, Burmese
Political Leader (Freedom Fighter) of Myanmar
Dick CheneyDick Cheney
30 January 1941, American
Former Vice President of the United State

Elaine ChaoElaine Chao
26 March 1953, American
United States Secretary of Transportation
Joseph StalinJoseph Stalin
18 December 1878, Georgian, Russian
Communist Revolutionary & Ruler of former USSR

Lyndon B. JohnsonLyndon B. Johnson
27 August 1908, American
36th President of the U.S.A

Nelson MandelaNelson Mandela
18 July 1918, South African
Anti-Apartheid Activist, President of ANC and
Gerald FordGerald Ford
14 July 1913, American
President of the USA

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Dwight D. EisenhowerDwight D. Eisenhower
14 October 1890, American
34th U.S. President
Angela MerkelAngela Merkel
17 July 1954, German
Chancellor of Germany

Subhas Chandra BoseSubhas Chandra Bose
23 January 1897, Indian
Political leader

A.P.J. Abdul KalamA.P.J. Abdul Kalam
15 October 1931, Indian
Former President of India

Pope FrancisPope Francis
17 December 1936, Argentinian
 
Xi JinpingXi Jinping
15 June 1953, Chinese
General Secretary of the Communist Party of China
Harry S. TrumanHarry S. Truman
08 May 1884, American
33rd President of the United States

Kim Jong-unKim Jong-un
08 January 1983, North Korean
Supreme Leader of North Korea

Robert F. KennedyRobert F. Kennedy
20 November 1925, American
Brother of President John F. Kennedy

Mother TeresaMother Teresa
26 August 1910, Albanian, Indian
Founder of Missionaries of Charity
Hillary ClintonHillary Clinton
26 October 1947, American
Former First Lady, Political Leader

Swami VivekanandaSwami Vivekananda
12 January 1863, Indian
Indian Monk

Gavin NewsomGavin Newsom
10 October 1967, American
Governor of California

Saddam HusseinSaddam Hussein
28 April 1937, Iraqi
Dictator & President of Iraq

Che GuevaraChe Guevara
14 June 1928, Argentinian
Revolutionary
Pete ButtigiegPete Buttigieg
19 January 1982, American
Politician

Rudy GiulianiRudy Giuliani
28 May 1944, American
Former Mayor of New York City, U.S. Attorney for
Rand PaulRand Paul
07 January 1963, American
US Senator

B. R. AmbedkarB. R. Ambedkar
14 April 1891, Indian
Indian Jurist

Harold WilsonHarold Wilson
11 March 1916, British
Former British Prime Minister
Indira GandhiIndira Gandhi
19 November 1917, Indian
Former Prime Minister of India

Vladimir LeninVladimir Lenin
22 April 1870, Russian
Former Premier of the Soviet Union
Mikhail GorbachevMikhail Gorbachev
02 March 1931, Russian
Former General Secretary of the Communist Party of

Muammar GaddafiMuammar Gaddafi
07 June 1942, Libyan
Former Prime Minister of Libya

John KerryJohn Kerry
11 December 1943, American
Politician

Mohammed bin Rashid Al MaktoumMohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
15 July 1949, Emirati
Ruler of Dubai

John McCainJohn McCain
29 August 1936, American
United States Senator
Jimmy HoffaJimmy Hoffa
14 February 1913, American
Labor Union Leader

Fidel CastroFidel Castro
13 August 1926, Cuban
Former Prime Minister of Cuba

Justin TrudeauJustin Trudeau
25 December 1971, Canadian
Prime Minister

Al GoreAl Gore
31 March 1948, American
Politician
Jaggi VasudevJaggi Vasudev
03 September 1957, Indian
Yoga Guru

Kristi NoemKristi Noem
30 November 1971, American
Governor of South Dakota
Heinrich HimmlerHeinrich Himmler
07 October 1900, German
Nazi Commander

Bhagat SinghBhagat Singh
27 September 1907, Indian
Revolutionary

Idi AminIdi Amin
1925 AD, Ugandan
Former President of Uganda
Dianne FeinsteinDianne Feinstein
22 June 1933, American
Politician

Huey NewtonHuey P. Newton
17 February 1942, American
American political activist
Colin PowellColin Powell
05 April 1937, American
65th United States Secretary of State

Henry KissingerHenry Kissinger
27 May 1923, American
Diplomat, National Security Advisor (America)

Nikki HaleyNikki Haley
20 January 1972, American
Governor of South Carolina
Tony BlairTony Blair
06 May 1953, British
Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Imran KhanImran Khan
05 October 1952, Pakistani
22nd PM of Pakistan
Dan QuayleDan Quayle
04 February 1947, American
Former Vice President of the United States

Ted KennedyTed Kennedy
22 February 1932, American
Former US Senator

Nicola SturgeonNicola Sturgeon
19 July 1970, British, Scottish
First Minister of Scotland

Keir StarmerKeir Starmer
02 September 1962, British
Party leader of the Labour Party
Nikita KhrushchevNikita Khrushchev
15 April 1894, Russian
Former Premier of the Soviet Union
Shirley TempleShirley Temple
23 April 1928, American
Actress

Cory BookerCory Booker
27 April 1969, American
United States Senator

Pol PotPol Pot
19 May 1925, Cambodian
Former Prime Minister of Cambodia

Harold MacmillanHarold Macmillan
10 February 1894, British
Former British Prime Minister
Sarah PalinSarah Palin
11 February 1964, American
Former Governor of Alaska

Oswald MosleyOswald Mosley
16 November 1896, French
British Politician

Jacinda ArdernJacinda Ardern
26 July 1980, New Zealander
Prime Minister of New Zealand

George PattonGeorge Patton
11 November 1885, German, American
Military Officer

Bob DoleBob Dole
22 July 1923, American
Politician, Lawyer
Bashar al-AssadBashar al-Assad
11 September 1965, Syrian
President of Syria

Elijah MuhammadElijah Muhammad
07 October 1897, American
Religious Leader
Louis FarrakhanLouis Farrakhan
11 May 1933, American
Political Activist

Rajiv GandhiRajiv Gandhi
20 August 1944, Indian
Former Prime Minister of India
Pope Benedict XVIPope Benedict XVI
16 April 1927, German
Pope
John LewisJohn Lewis
21 February 1940, American
Former United States Representative