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.
Barack ObamaBarack Obama
04 August 1961, American
44th U.S. President
Boris JohnsonBoris Johnson
19 June 1964, American
British Prime Minister

Pete ButtigiegPete Buttigieg
19 January 1982, American
Politician

Kamala HarrisKamala Harris
20 October 1964, American
US Senator

Queen Victoria Queen Victoria
24 May 1819, British
Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and

Adolf HitlerAdolf Hitler
20 April 1889, Austrian, German
Nazi Leader, German Dictator and Chancellor of
Arnold SchwarzeneggerArnold Schwarzenegger
30 July 1947, Austrian, American
Former Governor of California

Theresa MayTheresa May
01 October 1956, British
Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom

John F. KennedyJohn F. Kennedy
29 May 1917, American
35th President of the United States

Joe BidenJoe Biden
20 November 1942, American
Vice President of the U.S.A
Winston ChurchillWinston Churchill
30 November 1874, British
Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Mikhail GorbachevMikhail Gorbachev
02 March 1931, Russian, Russian
Former President of the former USSR
Joseph StalinJoseph Stalin
18 December 1878, Georgian, Russian
Communist Revolutionary & Ruler of former USSR

Ronald ReaganRonald Reagan
06 February 1911, American
40th U.S. President

Dick CheneyDick Cheney
30 January 1941, American
Former Vice President of the United State
Vladimir PutinVladimir Putin
07 October 1952, Russian
President of Russia

Nelson MandelaNelson Mandela
18 July 1918, South African
Anti-Apartheid Activist, President of ANC and
Jimmy CarterJimmy Carter
01 October 1924, American
39th U.S. President

Nancy PelosiNancy Pelosi
26 March 1940, American
Politician

Richard NixonRichard Nixon
09 January 1913, American
37th President of the United States
Margaret ThatcherMargaret Thatcher
13 October 1925, British
Only Woman Prime Minister of United Kingdom

Martin Luther King Jr Martin Luther King Jr.
15 January 1929, American
Civil Rights Activist
George W. BushGeorge W. Bush
06 July 1946, American
43rd U.S. President

Ross PerotRoss Perot
27 June 1930, American
Independent U.S. Presidential Candidate

Bernie SandersBernie Sanders
08 September 1941, American
Politician

Che GuevaraChe Guevara
14 June 1928, Argentinian
 
Bill ClintonBill Clinton
19 August 1946, American
 
Indira GandhiIndira Gandhi
19 November 1917, Indian
 

Dwight D. EisenhowerDwight D. Eisenhower
14 October 1890, American
34th U.S. President

Catherine, Duchess of CambridgeCatherine, Duchess of Cambridge
09 January 1982, British
The Duchess of Cambridge

George H. W. BushGeorge H. W. Bush
12 June 1924, American
41st U.S. President
Mohamed MorsiMohamed Morsi
08 August 1951, Egyptian
5th President of Egypt

Imran KhanImran Khan
05 October 1952, Pakistani
22nd PM of Pakistan

Mother TeresaMother Teresa
26 August 1910, Albanian, Indian
Founder of Missionaries of Charity

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

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Lyndon B. JohnsonLyndon B. Johnson
27 August 1908, American
President of the U.S.A
John McCainJohn McCain
29 August 1936, American
United States Senator

Angela MerkelAngela Merkel
17 July 1954, German
Chancellor of Germany
Saddam HusseinSaddam Hussein
28 April 1937, Iraqi
Dictator & President of Iraq

Gerald FordGerald Ford
14 July 1913, American
President of the USA

Mitch McConnellMitch McConnell
20 February 1942, American
United States Senator
Bob HawkeBob Hawke
09 December 1929, Australian
23rd Prime Minister of Australia

Xi JinpingXi Jinping
15 June 1953, Chinese
General Secretary of the Communist Party of China
Scott MorrisonScott Morrison
13 May 1968, Australian
Prime Minister of Australia

K. Kamaraj K. Kamaraj
15 July 1903, Indian
Former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, India

Prince Andrew, Duke of YorkPrince Andrew, Duke of York
19 February 1960, British
Son of Queen Elizabeth II & Prince Philip

Jaggi VasudevJaggi Vasudev
03 September 1957, Indian
Yoga Guru

Robert F. KennedyRobert F. Kennedy
20 November 1925, American
Brother of President John F. Kennedy
Jeremy Bernard CorbynJeremy Corbyn
26 May 1949, British
Politician, Trade Unionist

Hillary ClintonHillary Clinton
26 October 1947, American
Former First Lady, Political Leader

Rajiv GandhiRajiv Gandhi
20 August 1944, Indian
Former Prime Minister of India

Justin TrudeauJustin Trudeau
25 December 1971, Canadian
23rd Prime Minister of Canada
Pope FrancisPope Francis
17 December 1936, Argentinian
 

David CameronDavid Cameron
09 October 1966, British
Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Boris YeltsinBoris Yeltsin
01 February 1931, Russian
 

Manmohan SinghManmohan Singh
26 September 1932, Indian
Former Prime Minister of India

Sonia GandhiSonia Gandhi
09 December 1946, Indian
President of Congress Party
Shirley TempleShirley Temple
23 April 1928, American
Actress

Mike PenceMike Pence
07 June 1959, American
Vice Presidential Running Mate of Donald Trump
Mohammed bin Rashid Al MaktoumMohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
15 July 1949, Emirati
Ruler of Dubai

Fidel CastroFidel Castro
13 August 1926, Cuban
Cuban Revolutionary Leader

Atal Bihari VajpayeeAtal Bihari Vajpayee
25 December 1924, Indian
Former Prime Minister of India
Muammar GaddafiMuammar Gaddafi
07 June 1942, Libyan
 

Heinrich HimmlerHeinrich Himmler
07 October 1900, German
Nazi Commander
AkihitoAkihito
23 December 1933, Japanese
Emperor of Japan

David DukeDavid Duke
01 July 1950, American
White Nationalist, Far-Right Politician

Tony BlairTony Blair
06 May 1953, British
Prime Minister of Britain

Hassanal BolkiahHassanal Bolkiah
15 July 1946, Bruneian
Sultan of Brunei
Erwin RommelErwin Rommel
15 November 1891, German
General
John GlennJohn Glenn
18 July 1921, American
Tthe First American to Orbit the Earth

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

Louis FarrakhanLouis Farrakhan
11 May 1933, American
 

Idi AminIdi Amin
1925 AD, Ugandan
 
Maneka GandhiManeka Gandhi
26 August 1956, Indian
Politician, Animal Rights Activist

Ted KennedyTed Kennedy
22 February 1932, American
Former US Senator

Pol PotPol Pot
19 May 1925, Cambodian
Dictator, War Criminal

Ali KhameneiAli Khamenei
17 July 1939, Iranian
Supreme Leader of Iran

Bhagat SinghBhagat Singh
27 September 1907, Indian
Revolutionary
Shah of IranMohammad Reza Pahlavi
26 October 1919, Iranian
Last Shah of Iran

Pope John Paul IIPope John Paul II
18 May 1920, Polish
The 264th Pope (Bishop of Rome)
Dalai LamaDalai Lama
06 July 1935, Tibetan
Spiritual Leader of Tibet

Benjamin Netanyahu Benjamin Netanyahu
21 October 1949, Israeli
Prime Minister of Israel

Al GoreAl Gore
31 March 1948, American
Politician
Reinhard HeydrichReinhard Heydrich
07 March 1904, German
Nazi Official

Rodrigo DuterteRodrigo Duterte
28 March 1945, Filipino
President of Philippines
Pope Benedict XVIPope Benedict XVI
16 April 1927, German
Pope

Recep Tayyip ErdoğanRecep Tayyip Erdoğan
26 February 1954, Turkish
12th President of Turkey

Gordon BrownGordon Brown
20 February 1951, British
 

Ben CarsonBen Carson
18 September 1951, American
Politician, Former Neurosurgeon
Jimmy HoffaJimmy Hoffa
14 February 1913, American
Labor Union Leader

John MajorJohn Major
29 March 1943, British
Former Prime Minister of Britain
Lal Bahadur ShastriLal Bahadur Shastri
02 October 1904, Indian
Former Prime Minister of India

Leonid BrezhnevLeonid Brezhnev
19 December 1906, Russian, Ukrainian, Russian
 

Deng XiaopingDeng Xiaoping
22 August 1904, Chinese
 

George WallaceGeorge Wallace
25 August 1919, American
 
Shinzō AbeShinzō Abe
21 September 1954, Japanese
Prime Minister of Japan