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
46th 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
British Prime Minister

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

Benjamin Netanyahu Benjamin Netanyahu
21 October 1949, Israeli
Prime Minister

Arnold SchwarzeneggerArnold Schwarzenegger
30 July 1947, American
Former Governor of California
Barack ObamaBarack Obama
04 August 1961, American
44th U.S. President

Vladimir PutinVladimir Putin
07 October 1952, Russian
President of Russia

Liz CheneyLiz Cheney
28 July 1966, American
U.S. Representative
Margaret ThatcherMargaret Thatcher
13 October 1925, British
Former British Prime Minister

John F. KennedyJohn F. Kennedy
29 May 1917, American
35th President of the United States
Lord MountbattenLord Mountbatten
25 June 1900, British
Last Viceroy of British India and Governor-General

Kamala HarrisKamala Harris
20 October 1964, American
Vice Preseiden of the United States

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

Joseph StalinJoseph Stalin
18 December 1878, Russian
Communist Revolutionary & Ruler of former USSR

B. R. AmbedkarB. R. Ambedkar
14 April 1891, Indian
Indian Jurist
Shirley TempleShirley Temple
23 April 1928, American
Actress

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

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

Martin Luther King Jr Martin Luther King Jr.
15 January 1929, American
Civil Rights Activist
Dick CheneyDick Cheney
30 January 1941, American
Former Vice President of the United State

George W. BushGeorge W. Bush
06 July 1946, American
43rd U.S. President
Che GuevaraChe Guevara
14 June 1928, Argentinian
Revolutionary

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

George H. W. BushGeorge H. W. Bush
12 June 1924, American
41st U.S. President
A.P.J. Abdul KalamA.P.J. Abdul Kalam
15 October 1931, Indian
Former President of India, Missile Man of India

Xi JinpingXi Jinping
15 June 1953, Chinese
General Secretary of the Communist Party of China
Kim Jong-unKim Jong-un
08 January 1983, North Korean
Supreme Leader of North Korea

Walter MondaleWalter Mondale
05 January 1928, American
The 42nd Vice President of the U.S.A.

Dwight D. EisenhowerDwight D. Eisenhower
14 October 1890, American
34th U.S. President
Saddam HusseinSaddam Hussein
28 April 1937, Iraqi
Dictator & President of Iraq

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Bill ClintonBill Clinton
19 August 1946, American
42nd President of the United States
Lyndon B. JohnsonLyndon B. Johnson
27 August 1908, American
36th President of the U.S.A

Justin TrudeauJustin Trudeau
25 December 1971, Canadian
Prime Minister

Fidel CastroFidel Castro
13 August 1926, Cuban
Former Prime Minister of Cuba

Indira GandhiIndira Gandhi
19 November 1917, Indian
Former Prime Minister of India
Vladimir LeninVladimir Lenin
22 April 1870, Russian
Former Premier of the Soviet Union
Mikhail GorbachevMikhail Gorbachev
02 March 1931, Russian
Former General Secretary of the Communist Party of

Angela MerkelAngela Merkel
17 July 1954, German
Chancellor of Germany

Muammar GaddafiMuammar Gaddafi
07 June 1942, Libyan
Former Prime Minister of Libya

Benigno Aquino IIIBenigno Aquino III
08 February 1960, Filipino
15th President of the Philippines
Nancy PelosiNancy Pelosi
26 March 1940, American
Politician

Gerald FordGerald Ford
14 July 1913, American
President of the USA

Harry S. TrumanHarry S. Truman
08 May 1884, American
33rd President of the United States

Yasser ArafatYasser Arafat
24 August 1929, Palestinian
1st President of the Palestinian National

Keir StarmerKeir Starmer
02 September 1962, British
Party leader of the Labour Party
Heinrich HimmlerHeinrich Himmler
07 October 1900, German
Nazi Commander

Robert F. KennedyRobert F. Kennedy
20 November 1925, American
Brother of President John F. Kennedy
Imran KhanImran Khan
05 October 1952, Pakistani
22nd PM of Pakistan

Mohammed bin Rashid Al MaktoumMohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
15 July 1949, Emirati
Ruler of Dubai

Nikita KhrushchevNikita Khrushchev
15 April 1894, Russian
Former Premier of the Soviet Union
Rudy GiulianiRudy Giuliani
28 May 1944, American
Former Mayor of New York City

Alexander LukashenkoAlexander Lukashenko
30 August 1954, Belarusian
President of Belarus
Tony BlairTony Blair
06 May 1953, British
Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

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

Rajiv GandhiRajiv Gandhi
20 August 1944, Indian
Former Prime Minister of India

Jimmy HoffaJimmy Hoffa
14 February 1913, American
Labor Union Leader

Gavin NewsomGavin Newsom
10 October 1967, American
Governor of California
Oswald MosleyOswald Mosley
16 November 1896, French
British Politician

King Hussein of JordanKing Hussein of Jordan
14 November 1935, Jordanian
King of Jordan

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

Idi AminIdi Amin
1925 AD, Ugandan
Former President of Uganda
Mitch McConnellMitch McConnell
20 February 1942, American
United States Senator

Pol PotPol Pot
19 May 1925, Cambodian
Former Prime Minister of Cambodia
Ted CruzTed Cruz
22 December 1970, American
Politician

George PattonGeorge Patton
11 November 1885, German, American
Military Officer

Bashar al-AssadBashar al-Assad
11 September 1965, Syrian
President of Syria
Reinhard HeydrichReinhard Heydrich
07 March 1904, German
Nazi Official

Louis FarrakhanLouis Farrakhan
11 May 1933, American
Political Activist
Bernie SandersBernie Sanders
08 September 1941, American
Politician

John KerryJohn Kerry
11 December 1943, American
Politician

Jacinda ArdernJacinda Ardern
26 July 1980, New Zealander
Prime Minister of New Zealand
Hillary ClintonHillary Clinton
26 October 1947, American
Former First Lady, Political Leader

John McCainJohn McCain
29 August 1936, American
United States Senator
Rodrigo DuterteRodrigo Duterte
28 March 1945, Filipino
President of Philippines

Al GoreAl Gore
31 March 1948, American
Politician

Rand PaulRand Paul
07 January 1963, American
US Senator

Manmohan SinghManmohan Singh
26 September 1932, Indian
Former Prime Minister of India
Mahmoud AbbasMahmoud Abbas
26 March 1935, Palestinian
President of the State of Palestine and
Leon TrotskyLeon Trotsky
07 November 1879, Ukrainian, Russian
Politician

Ted KennedyTed Kennedy
22 February 1932, American
Former US Senator

Maxine WatersMaxine Waters
15 August 1938, American
U.S. Representative

Recep Tayyip ErdoğanRecep Tayyip Erdoğan
26 February 1954, Turkish
12th President of Turkey
Subhas Chandra BoseSubhas Chandra Bose
23 January 1897, Indian
Political leader

Erwin RommelErwin Rommel
15 November 1891, German
General

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

Pete ButtigiegPete Buttigieg
19 January 1982, American
Politician

Shah of IranMohammad Reza Pahlavi
26 October 1919, Iranian
Last Shah of Iran
Y. S. Jaganmohan ReddyY. S. Jaganmohan Reddy
21 December 1972, Indian
Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh

Haile SelassieHaile Selassie
23 July 1892, Ethiopian
Former Emperor of Ethiopia
M G RamachandranM. G. Ramachandran
17 January 1917, Indian
Actor, Politician

John BoehnerJohn Boehner
17 November 1949, American
Former Speaker of the United States House of
Aung San Suu KyiAung San Suu Kyi
19 June 1945, Burmese
Political Leader (Freedom Fighter) of Myanmar
Muhammad Ali JinnahMuhammad Ali Jinnah
25 December 1876, Pakistani
Founder of Pakistan