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
President-elect of the United States
Kamala HarrisKamala Harris
20 October 1964, American
Vice Preseident-Elect of the United States

Margaret ThatcherMargaret Thatcher
13 October 1925, British
Former British Prime Minister

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

Lord MountbattenLord Mountbatten
25 June 1900, British
Last Viceroy of British India and Governor-General

Mike PenceMike Pence
07 June 1959, American
Vice President of the United States
Winston ChurchillWinston Churchill
30 November 1874, British
Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

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

Rudy GiulianiRudy Giuliani
28 May 1944, American
Former Mayor of New York City, U.S. Attorney for
Prince Andrew, Duke of YorkPrince Andrew, Duke of York
19 February 1960, British
Son of Queen Elizabeth II & Prince Philip

John F. KennedyJohn F. Kennedy
29 May 1917, American
35th President of the United States
Mitch McConnellMitch McConnell
20 February 1942, American
United States Senator

George W. BushGeorge W. Bush
06 July 1946, American
43rd U.S. President

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

George H. W. BushGeorge H. W. Bush
12 June 1924, American
41st U.S. President

Nancy PelosiNancy Pelosi
26 March 1940, American
Politician
Bill ClintonBill Clinton
19 August 1946, American
 

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

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

Adolf HitlerAdolf Hitler
20 April 1889, Austrian, German
Nazi Leader, German Dictator and Chancellor of
Boris JohnsonBoris Johnson
19 June 1964, British, American
British Prime Minister

Arnold SchwarzeneggerArnold Schwarzenegger
30 July 1947, Austrian, American
Former Governor of California
John McCainJohn McCain
29 August 1936, American
United States Senator

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

Al GoreAl Gore
31 March 1948, American
Politician
Gerald FordGerald Ford
14 July 1913, American
President of the USA

Vladimir PutinVladimir Putin
07 October 1952, Russian
President of Russia
Hillary ClintonHillary Clinton
26 October 1947, American
Former First Lady, Political Leader

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

Dick CheneyDick Cheney
30 January 1941, American
Former Vice President of the United State
Bernie SandersBernie Sanders
08 September 1941, American
Politician

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Joseph StalinJoseph Stalin
18 December 1878, Georgian, Russian
Communist Revolutionary & Ruler of former USSR
Harold WilsonHarold Wilson
11 March 1916, British
Former British Prime Minister

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

John KerryJohn Kerry
11 December 1943, American
Politician

Pete ButtigiegPete Buttigieg
19 January 1982, American
Politician
Gavin NewsomGavin Newsom
10 October 1967, American
Governor of California
Harry S. TrumanHarry S. Truman
08 May 1884, American
33rd President of the United States

Elaine ChaoElaine Chao
26 March 1953, American
United States Secretary of Transportation

Nelson MandelaNelson Mandela
18 July 1918, South African
Anti-Apartheid Activist, President of ANC and

Jacinda ArdernJacinda Ardern
26 July 1980, New Zealander
Prime Minister of New Zealand
Michael FlynnMichael Flynn
30 November 1958, American
Former United States National Security Advisor

Sarah PalinSarah Palin
11 February 1964, American
Former Governor of Alaska

Pope FrancisPope Francis
17 December 1936, Argentinian
 

Ted CruzTed Cruz
22 December 1970, American
Politician

Che GuevaraChe Guevara
14 June 1928, Argentinian
Revolutionary
Robert F. KennedyRobert F. Kennedy
20 November 1925, American
Brother of President John F. Kennedy

B. R. AmbedkarB. R. Ambedkar
14 April 1891, Indian
Indian Jurist
Catherine, Duchess of CambridgeCatherine, Duchess of Cambridge
09 January 1982, British
The Duchess of Cambridge

Dianne FeinsteinDianne Feinstein
22 June 1933, American
Politician

Justin TrudeauJustin Trudeau
25 December 1971, Canadian
Prime Minister
John GlennJohn Glenn
18 July 1921, American
Tthe First American to Orbit the Earth

Angela MerkelAngela Merkel
17 July 1954, German
Chancellor of Germany
Xi JinpingXi Jinping
15 June 1953, Chinese
General Secretary of the Communist Party of China

Tony BlairTony Blair
06 May 1953, British
Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Harold MacmillanHarold Macmillan
10 February 1894, British
Former British Prime Minister

Keir StarmerKeir Starmer
02 September 1962, British
Party leader of the Labour Party

Kim Jong-unKim Jong-un
08 January 1983, North Korean
Supreme Leader of North Korea
Mother TeresaMother Teresa
26 August 1910, Albanian, Indian
Founder of Missionaries of Charity

Cory BookerCory Booker
27 April 1969, American
United States Senator

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

Vladimir LeninVladimir Lenin
22 April 1870, Russian
Former Premier of the Soviet Union
Walter MondaleWalter Mondale
05 January 1928, American
The 42nd Vice President of the U.S.A.

Fidel CastroFidel Castro
13 August 1926, Cuban
Former Prime Minister of Cuba
Mikhail GorbachevMikhail Gorbachev
02 March 1931, Russian
Former General Secretary of the Communist Party of

Indira GandhiIndira Gandhi
19 November 1917, Indian
Former Prime Minister of India

Spiro AgnewSpiro Agnew
09 November 1918, American
39th Vice President of the United States
John MajorJohn Major
29 March 1943, British
Former Prime Minister of Britain

Rick SantorumRick Santorum
10 May 1958, American
American Politician, Attorney
Henry KissingerHenry Kissinger
27 May 1923, American
Diplomat, National Security Advisor (America)

Tim KaineTim Kaine
26 February 1958, American
Vice Presidential Running Mate of Hillary Clinton

Subhas Chandra BoseSubhas Chandra Bose
23 January 1897, Indian
Political leader
Jimmy HoffaJimmy Hoffa
14 February 1913, American
Labor Union Leader

Ted KennedyTed Kennedy
22 February 1932, American
Former US Senator
Shirley TempleShirley Temple
23 April 1928, American
Actress

Bhagat SinghBhagat Singh
27 September 1907, Indian
Revolutionary

Dan QuayleDan Quayle
04 February 1947, American
Former Vice President of the United States

Muammar GaddafiMuammar Gaddafi
07 June 1942, Libyan
Former Prime Minister of Libya
Chris ChristieChris Christie
06 September 1962, American
Governor of New Jersey
Theresa MayTheresa May
01 October 1956, British
Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom

Nikki HaleyNikki Haley
20 January 1972, American
Governor of South Carolina

Heinrich HimmlerHeinrich Himmler
07 October 1900, German
Nazi Commander

P. V. Narasimha RaoP. V. Narasimha Rao
28 June 1921, Indian
Prime Minister of India
Ben CarsonBen Carson
18 September 1951, American
Politician, Former Neurosurgeon

Condoleezza RiceCondoleezza Rice
14 November 1954, American
Former United States Secretary of State

Ursula von der LeyenUrsula von der Leyen
08 October 1958, German
President of the European Commission

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

Nikita KhrushchevNikita Khrushchev
15 April 1894, Russian
Former Premier of the Soviet Union
David CameronDavid Cameron
09 October 1966, British
Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Robert ByrdRobert Byrd
20 November 1917, American
Politician
Colin PowellColin Powell
05 April 1937, American
65th United States Secretary of State

Edward HeathEdward Heath
09 July 1916, British
Former British Prime Minister
Imran KhanImran Khan
05 October 1952, Pakistani
22nd PM of Pakistan
Pope John Paul IIPope John Paul II
18 May 1920, Polish
Sovereign of the State of the Vatican City