The world has seen many exceptional leaders at many points of time in its history. These leaders have inspired, motivated and influenced generations of people. They have been a medium of change, of modernization, of revolutions and of new ideologies. All these great leaders had something different about them that helped them to lead so many people to modernization and new ideologies. Although the times have changed now but their contributions to the world are not forgotten and still remain to be very important.
Here is a list of few great leaders of all time and what made them so great that has led us to a better future.
10. Julius Caesar
Julius Caesar was one of the greatest military leaders of all time. He was also one of the best political leaders that history has ever seen. He had led several campaigns with many victories and he was also responsible for the expansion of the Roman Empire single headedly. He was also the one who reformed the Roman Government and thus laid a foundation to a great empire. His greatest qualities were strategic planning, decisiveness, shrewdness, eagerness and boldness.
9. Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln was one of the finest world leaders and the greatest American leader. His thoughts, beliefs and actions changed the history of Americans. He was the 16th President of the United States and also led the nation during the civil war which was its darkest hour. He also abolished slavery in the United States by signing the Emancipation Proclamation. He was the one to preserve the Union, strengthen the government and modernize the economy. His greatest qualities were his persistence, thoughts, conviction and humbleness.
8. Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr Is known to be the greatest African American leader of all times and also one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century. He was a member of the clergy, activist and a fighter in the civil rights movement for the American blacks that took place in the year 1960. He fought this fight with non-violent means. He was also awarded a Noble Peace Prize for fighting racial inequality by non violent means. His greatest qualities were his non violent approach and perseverance.
7. Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill was the Prime Minister of UK from 1940 to 1945. During World War II he led the Britain army against the Nazi Germany. He teamed up with his allies and led to the defeat of Hitler. He is known to be the greatest war time leaders of the 20th century. Churchill was also a writer, artist and a historian. He is also the only British Prime Minister who won a Noble Prize in Literature. He is very well known for his determination, fearlessness and devotion to his nation.
6. Napoleon Bonaparte
Napoleon Bonaparte was the first Emperor of France and a great military leader. He rose to fame in the aftermath of the French revolution. He was the one responsible for revolutionizing military training and organizations. He then created a well known Napoleonic code of legal reform which has had a big impact on the civil law of many jurisdictions throughout the world. He is known to be one of the best military leaders of his time who influenced and ruled Europe for decades.
5. Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler is one of the most despised men in the history but none the less he was a great leader. In the year 1933, he became the Chancellor of Germany and was responsible for the greatest military and economic expansion that the world had ever seen. He had brilliant oratory and planning skills which made him a leader par excellence. He was also the one responsible to successfully conquer more than 10 countries with his brilliant planning skills and military tactics.
4. Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela was the president of South Africa who was elected in fully democratic elections. He was an anti-apartheid revolutionary and fought persistently against the white government’s racist policies in a non violent way. He was jailed by the government for a long time for his activism. Later when he became the president his government focused on taking away the legacy of apartheid by tackling institutionalized racism and poverty. He was a humble leader and also a very determined one.
3. George Washington
George Washington is known as the founding father of the United States of America. He was the leader of the American Revolution and led the war against the British Colonial rulers for the freedom of the Americans. He was not just a good military commander but also a great statesman. He was the first president of the newly independent United States of America. He was a true visionary. He is very well known for his foresight, strategic planning and vision.
2. Mao Zedong
Mao was the one who led the Chinese Revolution. He is also the founding father of the People’s Republic of China. He is also responsible for the great economic success of China and making it a major industrialized economy of the world. It is only because of him that China is a potent rival to the superpower United States of America. He was indeed one of the greatest leaders of all time.
1. Mahatma Gandhi
No other man has left an impact as big as Mahatma Gandhi on human thoughts and behaviour. After he completed law from London, he became one of the most important leaders of the Indian freedom struggle. He led many campaigns against the British Colonial rule. He adopted the use of non-violence and Satyagraha as a means of protest in his fight for independent India. He was truly one of the greatest leaders of all time who has inspired humanity for generations to come.