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
Pete ButtigiegPete Buttigieg
19 January 1982, American
Politician

Boris JohnsonBoris Johnson
19 June 1964, British
British Prime Minister

Harold WilsonHarold Wilson
11 March 1916, British
Former British Prime Minister

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

Kamala HarrisKamala Harris
20 October 1964, American
US Senator
Adolf HitlerAdolf Hitler
20 April 1889, Austrian, German
Nazi Leader, German Dictator and Chancellor of

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

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

Nancy PelosiNancy Pelosi
26 March 1940, American
Politician
John F. KennedyJohn F. Kennedy
29 May 1917, American
35th President of the United States

Jeremy Bernard CorbynJeremy Corbyn
26 May 1949, British
Politician, Trade Unionist
Pope FrancisPope Francis
17 December 1936, Argentinian
 

Bill ClintonBill Clinton
19 August 1946, American
 

Richard NixonRichard Nixon
09 January 1913, American
37th President of the United States
Jimmy CarterJimmy Carter
01 October 1924, American
39th U.S. President

Pope Benedict XVIPope Benedict XVI
16 April 1927, German
Pope
Joe BidenJoe Biden
20 November 1942, American
Vice President of the U.S.A

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

Bernie SandersBernie Sanders
08 September 1941, American
Politician
Joseph StalinJoseph Stalin
18 December 1878, Georgian, Russian
Communist Revolutionary & Ruler of former USSR

Oswald MosleyOswald Mosley
16 November 1896, French
British Politician
Margaret ThatcherMargaret Thatcher
13 October 1925, British
Former British Prime Minister

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

Vladimir PutinVladimir Putin
07 October 1952, Russian
President of Russia
Justin TrudeauJustin Trudeau
25 December 1971, Canadian
23rd Prime Minister of Canada
Nelson MandelaNelson Mandela
18 July 1918, South African
Anti-Apartheid Activist, President of ANC and

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

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

Rudy GiulianiRudy Giuliani
28 May 1944, American
Former Mayor of New York City, U.S. Attorney for
George H. W. BushGeorge H. W. Bush
12 June 1924, American
41st U.S. President

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Xi JinpingXi Jinping
15 June 1953, Chinese
General Secretary of the Communist Party of China

Che GuevaraChe Guevara
14 June 1928, Argentinian
Revolutionary

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

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

Vinayak Damodar SavarkarVinayak Damodar Savarkar
28 May 1883, Indian
Independence Activist, Reformer
Indira GandhiIndira Gandhi
19 November 1917, Indian
Former Prime Minister of India

Dick CheneyDick Cheney
30 January 1941, American
Former Vice President of the United State

Gerald FordGerald Ford
14 July 1913, American
President of the USA
Mikhail GorbachevMikhail Gorbachev
02 March 1931, Russian
Former General Secretary of the Communist Party of

Evo MoralesEvo Morales
26 October 1959, Bolivian
President of Bolivia
Tony BlairTony Blair
06 May 1953, British
Prime Minister of Britain

Edward HeathEdward Heath
09 July 1916, British
Former British Prime Minister

Mike PenceMike Pence
07 June 1959, American
Vice Presidential Running Mate of Donald Trump

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

Robert F. KennedyRobert F. Kennedy
20 November 1925, American
Brother of President John F. Kennedy
Vladimir LeninVladimir Lenin
22 April 1870, Russian
Former Premier of the Soviet Union

Pervez MusharrafPervez Musharraf
11 August 1943, Pakistani
 

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

John McCainJohn McCain
29 August 1936, American
United States Senator
Heinrich HimmlerHeinrich Himmler
07 October 1900, German
Nazi Commander

Mitch McConnellMitch McConnell
20 February 1942, American
United States Senator
Theresa MayTheresa May
01 October 1956, British
Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom

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

Imran KhanImran Khan
05 October 1952, Pakistani
22nd PM of Pakistan
Lal Bahadur ShastriLal Bahadur Shastri
02 October 1904, Indian
Former Prime Minister of India

Kim Jong-unKim Jong-un
08 January 1983, North Korean
Supreme Leader of North Korea
Shirley TempleShirley Temple
23 April 1928, American
Actress

Fidel CastroFidel Castro
13 August 1926, Cuban
Cuban Revolutionary Leader

Muammar GaddafiMuammar Gaddafi
07 June 1942, Libyan
 
Jaggi VasudevJaggi Vasudev
03 September 1957, Indian
Yoga Guru

Harold MacmillanHarold Macmillan
10 February 1894, British
Former British Prime Minister
Pope John Paul IIPope John Paul II
18 May 1920, Polish
The 264th Pope (Bishop of Rome)

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

David CameronDavid Cameron
09 October 1966, British
Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Mohammed bin Rashid Al MaktoumMohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
15 July 1949, Emirati
Ruler of Dubai
Pol PotPol Pot
19 May 1925, Cambodian
Dictator, War Criminal
Ram DassRam Dass
06 April 1931, American
Spiritual Teacher

Angela MerkelAngela Merkel
17 July 1954, German
Chancellor of Germany

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

Bashar al-AssadBashar al-Assad
11 September 1965, Syrian
President of Syria
Muhammad Ali JinnahMuhammad Ali Jinnah
25 December 1876, Pakistani
Founder of Pakistan

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

Hassanal BolkiahHassanal Bolkiah
15 July 1946, Bruneian
Sultan of Brunei

Reinhard HeydrichReinhard Heydrich
07 March 1904, German
Nazi Official

Benjamin Netanyahu Benjamin Netanyahu
21 October 1949, Israeli
Prime Minister
Al GoreAl Gore
31 March 1948, American
Politician

M G RamachandranM. G. Ramachandran
17 January 1917, Indian
Actor, Politician
Bhagat SinghBhagat Singh
27 September 1907, Indian
Revolutionary

Pierre TrudeauPierre Trudeau
18 October 1919, Canadian
15th Prime Minister of Canada

Idi AminIdi Amin
1925 AD, Ugandan
 
Gordon BrownGordon Brown
20 February 1951, British
 

Maneka GandhiManeka Gandhi
26 August 1956, Indian
Politician, Animal Rights Activist
Ted KennedyTed Kennedy
22 February 1932, American
Former US Senator

James CallaghanJames Callaghan
27 March 1912, British
 

Erwin RommelErwin Rommel
15 November 1891, German
General

Atal Bihari VajpayeeAtal Bihari Vajpayee
25 December 1924, Indian
Former Prime Minister of India
Aung San Suu KyiAung San Suu Kyi
19 June 1945, Burmese
Political Leader (Freedom Fighter) of Myanmar

John MajorJohn Major
29 March 1943, British
Former Prime Minister of Britain
Feroze GandhiFeroze Gandhi
12 September 1912, Indian
Political Leader

Sir Alec Douglas-HomeAlec Douglas-Home
02 July 1903, British
Former PM of UK
Rajiv GandhiRajiv Gandhi
20 August 1944, Indian
Former Prime Minister of India

Dalai LamaDalai Lama
06 July 1935, Tibetan
Spiritual Leader of Tibet
Manmohan SinghManmohan Singh
26 September 1932, Indian
Former Prime Minister of India