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.
Kamala HarrisKamala Harris

20 October 1964

American

Queen Victoria Queen Victoria

24 May 1819

British

Nancy PelosiNancy Pelosi

26 March 1940

American

Martin Luther King Jr Martin Luther King Jr.

15 January 1929

American

Barack ObamaBarack Obama

04 August 1961

American

Dick CheneyDick Cheney

30 January 1941

American

Adolf HitlerAdolf Hitler

20 April 1889

Austrian,German

Arnold SchwarzeneggerArnold Schwarzenegger

30 July 1947

Austrian,American

Winston ChurchillWinston Churchill

30 November 1874

British

John F. KennedyJohn F. Kennedy

29 May 1917

American

Bernie SandersBernie Sanders

08 September 1941

American

Joseph StalinJoseph Stalin

18 December 1878

Georgian,Russian

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Ronald ReaganRonald Reagan

06 February 1911

American

Richard NixonRichard Nixon

09 January 1913

American

Theresa MayTheresa May

01 October 1956

British

George W. BushGeorge W. Bush

06 July 1946

American

Imran KhanImran Khan

05 October 1952

Pakistani

Jimmy CarterJimmy Carter

01 October 1924

American

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George H. W. BushGeorge H. W. Bush

12 June 1924

American

Joe BidenJoe Biden

20 November 1942

American

Vladimir PutinVladimir Putin

07 October 1952

Russian

Bill ClintonBill Clinton

19 August 1946

American

Nelson MandelaNelson Mandela

18 July 1918

South African

Indira GandhiIndira Gandhi

19 November 1917

Indian

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John McCainJohn McCain

29 August 1936

American

Dwight D. EisenhowerDwight D. Eisenhower

14 October 1890

American

Kim Jong-unKim Jong-un

08 January 1983

North Korean

Mother TeresaMother Teresa

26 August 1910

Albanian,Indian

Lyndon B. JohnsonLyndon B. Johnson

27 August 1908

American

Bhagat SinghBhagat Singh

27 September 1907

Indian

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Che GuevaraChe Guevara

14 June 1928

Argentinian

Margaret ThatcherMargaret Thatcher

13 October 1925

British

Gerald FordGerald Ford

14 July 1913

American

Mitch McConnellMitch McConnell

20 February 1942

American

Pope FrancisPope Francis

17 December 1936

Argentinian

Justin TrudeauJustin Trudeau

25 December 1971

Canadian

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Saddam HusseinSaddam Hussein

28 April 1937

Iraqi

Robert F. KennedyRobert F. Kennedy

20 November 1925

American

Hillary ClintonHillary Clinton

26 October 1947

American

David DukeDavid Duke

01 July 1950

American

Jeremy Bernard CorbynJeremy Corbyn

26 May 1949

British

Mike PenceMike Pence

07 June 1959

American

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Muammar GaddafiMuammar Gaddafi

07 June 1942

Libyan

Jaggi VasudevJaggi Vasudev

03 September 1957

Indian

Catherine, Duchess of CambridgeCatherine, Duchess of Cambridge

09 January 1982

British

Fidel CastroFidel Castro

13 August 1926

Cuban

Rajiv GandhiRajiv Gandhi

20 August 1944

Indian

Heinrich HimmlerHeinrich Himmler

07 October 1900

German

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Mikhail GorbachevMikhail Gorbachev

02 March 1931

Russian,Russian

Ted KennedyTed Kennedy

22 February 1932

American

Jair BolsonaroJair Bolsonaro

21 March 1955

Brazilian

Idi AminIdi Amin

1925 AD

Ugandan

Xi JinpingXi Jinping

15 June 1953

Chinese

Sonia GandhiSonia Gandhi

09 December 1946

Indian

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David CameronDavid Cameron

09 October 1966

British

Manmohan SinghManmohan Singh

26 September 1932

Indian

Prince Andrew, Duke of YorkPrince Andrew, Duke of York

19 February 1960

British

Henry KissingerHenry Kissinger

27 May 1923

American

Tony BlairTony Blair

06 May 1953

British

Benjamin Netanyahu Benjamin Netanyahu

21 October 1949

Israeli

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Angela MerkelAngela Merkel

17 July 1954

German

Atal Bihari VajpayeeAtal Bihari Vajpayee

25 December 1924

Indian

Mohammed bin Rashid Al MaktoumMohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

15 July 1949

Emirati

Al GoreAl Gore

31 March 1948

American

Jimmy HoffaJimmy Hoffa

14 February 1913

American

David MiscavigeDavid Miscavige

30 April 1960

American

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Colin PowellColin Powell

05 April 1937

American

Reinhard HeydrichReinhard Heydrich

07 March 1904

German

Donald TuskDonald Tusk

22 April 1957

Polish

Pol PotPol Pot

19 May 1925

Cambodian

Rodrigo DuterteRodrigo Duterte

28 March 1945

Filipino

Pope Benedict XVIPope Benedict XVI

16 April 1927

German

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Pope John Paul IIPope John Paul II

18 May 1920

Polish

Boris JohnsonBoris Johnson

19 June 1964

American

Erwin RommelErwin Rommel

15 November 1891

German

George WallaceGeorge Wallace

25 August 1919

American

Louis FarrakhanLouis Farrakhan

11 May 1933

American

Benazir BhuttoBenazir Bhutto

21 June 1953

Pakistani

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Shah of IranMohammad Reza Pahlavi

26 October 1919

Iranian

Spiro AgnewSpiro Agnew

09 November 1918

American

Lal Bahadur ShastriLal Bahadur Shastri

02 October 1904

Indian