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

Kamala HarrisKamala Harris
20 October 1964, American
US Senator

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

Adolf HitlerAdolf Hitler
20 April 1889, Austrian, German
Nazi Leader, German Dictator and Chancellor of
Winston ChurchillWinston Churchill
30 November 1874, British
Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Oswald MosleyOswald Mosley
16 November 1896, French
British Politician

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

Harold WilsonHarold Wilson
11 March 1916, British
Former British Prime Minister
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
Nancy PelosiNancy Pelosi
26 March 1940, American
Politician

Justin TrudeauJustin Trudeau
25 December 1971, Canadian
23rd Prime Minister of Canada

Jimmy CarterJimmy Carter
01 October 1924, American
39th U.S. President
Bernie SandersBernie Sanders
08 September 1941, American
Politician

Richard NixonRichard Nixon
09 January 1913, American
37th President of the United States
Ronald ReaganRonald Reagan
06 February 1911, American
40th U.S. President

Robert MugabeRobert Mugabe
21 February 1924, Zimbabwean
Former PM & President of Zimbabwe

Bill ClintonBill Clinton
19 August 1946, American
 
Joseph StalinJoseph Stalin
18 December 1878, Georgian, Russian
Communist Revolutionary & Ruler of former USSR

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

Jeremy Bernard CorbynJeremy Corbyn
26 May 1949, British
Politician, Trade Unionist

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

Rudy GiulianiRudy Giuliani
28 May 1944, American
Former Mayor of New York City, U.S. Attorney for
Vladimir PutinVladimir Putin
07 October 1952, Russian
President of Russia
Margaret ThatcherMargaret Thatcher
13 October 1925, British
Former British Prime Minister

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

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

Xi JinpingXi Jinping
15 June 1953, Chinese
General Secretary of the Communist Party of China
Lyndon B. JohnsonLyndon B. Johnson
27 August 1908, American
36th President of the U.S.A

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Che GuevaraChe Guevara
14 June 1928, Argentinian
Revolutionary

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

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

Dwight D. EisenhowerDwight D. Eisenhower
14 October 1890, American
34th U.S. President
Indira GandhiIndira Gandhi
19 November 1917, Indian
Former Prime Minister of India

Imran KhanImran Khan
05 October 1952, Pakistani
22nd PM of Pakistan
Saddam HusseinSaddam Hussein
28 April 1937, Iraqi
Dictator & President of Iraq

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

Gerald FordGerald Ford
14 July 1913, American
President of the USA
Evo MoralesEvo Morales
26 October 1959, Bolivian
President of Bolivia

Mikhail GorbachevMikhail Gorbachev
02 March 1931, Russian
Former General Secretary of the Communist Party of
Lal Bahadur ShastriLal Bahadur Shastri
02 October 1904, Indian
Former Prime Minister of India

Pope FrancisPope Francis
17 December 1936, Argentinian
 

Vladimir LeninVladimir Lenin
22 April 1870, Russian
Former Premier of the Soviet Union

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

John McCainJohn McCain
29 August 1936, American
United States Senator
Mitch McConnellMitch McConnell
20 February 1942, American
United States Senator

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

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

Heinrich HimmlerHeinrich Himmler
07 October 1900, German
Nazi Commander
Bhagat SinghBhagat Singh
27 September 1907, Indian
Revolutionary

Prince Andrew, Duke of YorkPrince Andrew, Duke of York
19 February 1960, British
Son of Queen Elizabeth II & Prince Philip
David CameronDavid Cameron
09 October 1966, British
Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

Robert F. KennedyRobert F. Kennedy
20 November 1925, American
Brother of President John F. Kennedy

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

Tony BlairTony Blair
06 May 1953, British
Prime Minister of Britain
Theresa MayTheresa May
01 October 1956, British
Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom

Shirley TempleShirley Temple
23 April 1928, American
Actress

Bashar al-AssadBashar al-Assad
11 September 1965, Syrian
President of Syria
Fidel CastroFidel Castro
13 August 1926, Cuban
Cuban Revolutionary Leader

Kim Jong-unKim Jong-un
08 January 1983, North Korean
Supreme Leader of North Korea
Vinayak Damodar SavarkarVinayak Damodar Savarkar
28 May 1883, Indian
Independence Activist, Reformer

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

Jacques ChiracJacques Chirac
29 November 1932, French
Former President of France

Mohammed bin Rashid Al MaktoumMohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
15 July 1949, Emirati
Ruler of Dubai
Nikki HaleyNikki Haley
20 January 1972, American
Governor of South Carolina
Rick RescorlaRick Rescorla
27 May 1939, British
Army Officer

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

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

Al GoreAl Gore
31 March 1948, American
Politician
Angela MerkelAngela Merkel
17 July 1954, German
Chancellor of Germany

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

Pope John Paul IIPope John Paul II
18 May 1920, Polish
The 264th Pope (Bishop of Rome)

Hassanal BolkiahHassanal Bolkiah
15 July 1946, Bruneian
Sultan of Brunei

Recep Tayyip ErdoğanRecep Tayyip Erdoğan
26 February 1954, Turkish
12th President of Turkey
Manmohan SinghManmohan Singh
26 September 1932, Indian
Former Prime Minister of India

Muhammad Ali JinnahMuhammad Ali Jinnah
25 December 1876, Pakistani
Founder of Pakistan
Idi AminIdi Amin
1925 AD, Ugandan
 

Pope Benedict XVIPope Benedict XVI
16 April 1927, German
Pope

Harold MacmillanHarold Macmillan
10 February 1894, British
Former British Prime Minister
Condoleezza RiceCondoleezza Rice
14 November 1954, American
 

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

Jerry SpringerJerry Springer
13 February 1944, British, American
Talk Show Host, Former Politician, Former News

Reinhard HeydrichReinhard Heydrich
07 March 1904, German
Nazi Official

Pol PotPol Pot
19 May 1925, Cambodian
Dictator, War Criminal
Erwin RommelErwin Rommel
15 November 1891, German
General

Rachel JohnsonRachel Johnson
03 September 1965, British
Editor, Journalist
Rajiv GandhiRajiv Gandhi
20 August 1944, Indian
Former Prime Minister of India

Augusto PinochetAugusto Pinochet
25 November 1915, Chilean
Former President of Chile
John MajorJohn Major
29 March 1943, British
Former Prime Minister of Britain

Dalai LamaDalai Lama
06 July 1935, Tibetan
Spiritual Leader of Tibet
Gordon BrownGordon Brown
20 February 1951, British