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.
George H. W. BushGeorge H. W. Bush

12 June 1924

American

George W. BushGeorge W. Bush

06 July 1946

American

Jimmy CarterJimmy Carter

01 October 1924

American

Barack ObamaBarack Obama

04 August 1961

American

Ronald ReaganRonald Reagan

06 February 1911

American

Dick CheneyDick Cheney

30 January 1941

American

John F. KennedyJohn F. Kennedy

29 May 1917

American

Arnold SchwarzeneggerArnold Schwarzenegger

30 July 1947

American

Bill ClintonBill Clinton

19 August 1946

American

Nikki HaleyNikki Haley

20 January 1972

American

Richard NixonRichard Nixon

09 January 1913

American

John McCainJohn McCain

29 August 1936

American

Bob DoleBob Dole

22 July 1923

American

Joseph StalinJoseph Stalin

18 December 1878

Georgian,Russian

Theresa MayTheresa May

01 October 1956

British

Jair BolsonaroJair Bolsonaro

21 March 1955

Brazilian

Kamala HarrisKamala Harris

20 October 1964

American

Vladimir PutinVladimir Putin

07 October 1952

Russian

Martin Luther King Jr Martin Luther King Jr.

15 January 1929

American

Gerald FordGerald Ford

14 July 1913

American

Jeb BushJeb Bush

11 February 1953

American

Lyndon B. JohnsonLyndon B. Johnson

27 August 1908

American

Nelson MandelaNelson Mandela

18 July 1918

South African

Prince Andrew, Duke of YorkPrince Andrew, Duke of York

19 February 1960

British

Ted CruzTed Cruz

22 December 1970

American

Hillary ClintonHillary Clinton

26 October 1947

American

Ted KennedyTed Kennedy

22 February 1932

American

Indira GandhiIndira Gandhi

19 November 1917

Indian

Mother TeresaMother Teresa

26 August 1910

Albanian,Indian

Che GuevaraChe Guevara

14 June 1928

Argentinian

Catherine, Duchess of CambridgeCatherine, Duchess of Cambridge

09 January 1982

British

Mitch McConnellMitch McConnell

20 February 1942

American

Joe BidenJoe Biden

20 November 1942

American

Angela MerkelAngela Merkel

17 July 1954

German

Margaret ThatcherMargaret Thatcher

13 October 1925

British

Bernie SandersBernie Sanders

08 September 1941

American

Justin TrudeauJustin Trudeau

25 December 1971

Canadian

Robert F. KennedyRobert F. Kennedy

20 November 1925

American

Heinrich HimmlerHeinrich Himmler

07 October 1900

German

Mike PenceMike Pence

07 June 1959

American

Mikhail GorbachevMikhail Gorbachev

02 March 1931

Russian,Russian

Rick scottRick Scott

01 December 1952

American

Saddam HusseinSaddam Hussein

28 April 1937

Iraqi

Jeff SessionsJeff Sessions

24 December 1946

American

Al GoreAl Gore

31 March 1948

American

Imran KhanImran Khan

05 October 1952

Pakistani

John French, 1st Earl of YpresJohn French, 1st Earl of Ypres

28 September 1852

British

Dan QuayleDan Quayle

04 February 1947

American

Dianne FeinsteinDianne Feinstein

22 June 1933

American

Pope FrancisPope Francis

17 December 1936

Argentinian

Xi JinpingXi Jinping

15 June 1953

Chinese

Spiro AgnewSpiro Agnew

09 November 1918

American

Atal Bihari VajpayeeAtal Bihari Vajpayee

25 December 1924

Indian

David DukeDavid Duke

01 July 1950

American

Kim Jong-unKim Jong-un

08 January 1983

North Korean

Jaggi VasudevJaggi Vasudev

03 September 1957

Indian

Fidel CastroFidel Castro

13 August 1926

Cuban

Muammar GaddafiMuammar Gaddafi

07 June 1942

Libyan

Henry KissingerHenry Kissinger

27 May 1923

American

Jerry BrownJerry Brown

07 April 1938

American

Bhagat SinghBhagat Singh

27 September 1907

Indian

Lal Bahadur ShastriLal Bahadur Shastri

02 October 1904

Indian

Condoleezza RiceCondoleezza Rice

14 November 1954

American

David CameronDavid Cameron

09 October 1966

British

Ross PerotRoss Perot

27 June 1930

American

Mohammed bin Rashid Al MaktoumMohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

15 July 1949

Emirati

Rajiv GandhiRajiv Gandhi

20 August 1944

Indian

Andrés Manuel López ObradorAndrés Manuel López Obrador

13 November 1953

Mexican

Sonia GandhiSonia Gandhi

09 December 1946

Indian

Reinhard HeydrichReinhard Heydrich

07 March 1904

German

Manmohan SinghManmohan Singh

26 September 1932

Indian

Colin PowellColin Powell

05 April 1937

American

Jeremy Bernard CorbynJeremy Corbyn

26 May 1949

British

Sarah PalinSarah Palin

11 February 1964

American

Erwin RommelErwin Rommel

15 November 1891

German

Tony BlairTony Blair

06 May 1953

British

Louis FarrakhanLouis Farrakhan

11 May 1933

American

David KoreshDavid Koresh

17 August 1959

American

Pol PotPol Pot

19 May 1925

Cambodian

Bashar al-AssadBashar al-Assad

11 September 1965

Syrian

Pope John Paul IIPope John Paul II

18 May 1920

Polish