World's Greatest Leaders

The world has produced great leaders; many of whom, the society has always looked up to for inspiration. They have played pivotal roles in some of the important events in world history. This article gives you a list of world's greatest leaders in politics, business, religion, and more.
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Leaders achieve greatness when they bring a radical change to society or to the world at large. Their courage and their ability to influence, earns them a loyal following, and they rise to power. Here is a compilation of some of the greatest leaders in the world, who are held in high regard for their work and continue to inspire awe. Some, driven by their dream to bring a social change and some by their ambition to gain supremacy over the world, used power and leadership to influence the masses to follow their path. While some resorted to ruthless means, some went the peaceful way to achieve their goals.

The following sections of this article include world's greatest military leaders, some of the greatest emperors in world history, and some inspirational political leaders of all time. We also include influential business leaders and some famous religious and spiritual leaders around the world. They have been enlisted in the alphabetical order.
Political Leaders
This section includes renowned political figures who governed a country successfully or were responsible for making policy decisions that contributed to the progress of their country. They were key players in changing the political scene of not just their nation, but also the world.
Mao Zedong
Mao Zedong
Mahatma Gandhi
Mahatma Gandhi
Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela
Golda Meir
Golda Meir
Sir Winston Churchill
Sir Winston Churchill
George Washington
George Washington
Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln
Angela Merkel
Aung San Suu Kyi
Barack Obama
Benazir Bhutto
Charles de Gaulle
Eleanor Roosevelt
Franklin D. Roosevelt
George Washington
Golda Meir
Indira Gandhi
Mahatma Gandhi
Mao Zedong
Margaret Thatcher
Martin Luther King Jr.
Mikhail Gorbachev
Nelson Mandela
Winston Churchill
Military Leaders
This section includes leaders, who, during their military careers exhibited excellent leadership and went on to acquire higher positions in the military. Some entered politics and were instrumental in bringing socioeconomic changes to their country, while some resorted to dictatorship.
Joan of Arc
Joan of Arc
Emperor Trajan
Emperor Trajan
Alexander the Great
Alexander the Great
Che Guevera
Che Guevara
Adolf Hitler
Alexander the Great
Attila the Hun
Benito Mussolini
Che Guevara
Colin Powell
Cyrus the Great
Fidel Castro
Genghis Khan
Hannibal Barca
Joan of Arc
Joseph Stalin
Julius Caesar
Napoleon Bonaparte
Sun Tzu
Trajan
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Monarchs
Here is a list of some of the most famous emperors, or kings and queens in history. They offered protection and freedom to their kingdoms and also expanded their territories. The social and political reforms they brought to their empires, made them popular with the masses.
Cleopatra
Cleopatra
Emperor Meiji
Emperor Meiji
King Henry VIII
King Henry VIII
King Louis XIV
King Louis XIV
Peter the Great
Peter the Great
Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria
Emperor Augustus
Emperor Augustus
Emperor Julius Caesar
Emperor Julius Caesar
Queen Elizabeth I
Queen Elizabeth I
Akbar the Great (Mughal emperor)
Ashoka (India)
Augustus (Roman Empire)
Chandragupta Maurya (Maurya Empire)
Cleopatra (Ancient Egypt)
Elizabeth II (England)
Fidel Castro
Genghis Khan
Haile Selassie (Ethiopia)
Henry VIII (England)
Ibn Saud (First Monarch of Saudi Arabia)
Louis XIV (France)
Meiji (Japan)
Peter the Great (Russia)
Queen Elizabeth I (England)
Queen Victoria (United Kingdom)
Religious and Spiritual Leaders
A religious leader is someone who founds a religion or inspires people to follow a particular one. Generally, he is regarded as the highest authority in that religion and its interpretation. Spiritual leaders inspire people towards a particular faith and guide their followers on the path of spiritualism. Following is a list of some influential names in this category.
Gautam Buddha
Gautam Buddha
Mahavira
Mahavira
Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ
Moses
Moses
Confucius
Confucius
John Wesley
John Wesley
Martin Luther
Martin Luther
Confucius
Dalai Lama
Desmond Tutu
Gautam Buddha
Jesus Christ
John Wesley
Jonathan Edwards
Mahavira
Martin Luther
Moses
Ovadia Yosef
Pope Francis
Prophet Muhammad
Zoroaster
Business Leaders
This list features some of the greatest business tycoons we have seen. Their business ideas and acumen led them to success. The companies they own or run are some of the biggest ones in the market. With their innovative business ideas, they have given the world something useful. They are trendsetters in their own way, and will inspire generations to come.
Anne Mulcahy (Xerox)
Bill Gates (Microsoft)
David Ogilvy (The Father of Advertising)
Frederick W. Smith (FedEx)
G. Bowker, J. Baldwin, Z. Siegl (Starbucks)
Henry Ford (Ford Motor Company)
Jamsetji Tata (Tata Group)
Jeff Bezos (Amazon)
Jeff Weiner (LinkedIn)
John Cadbury (Cadbury)
John Rockefeller (Standard Oil)
Larry Page, Sergey Brin (Google)
Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook)
Ray Kroc (McDonald's)
Richard Branson (Virgin Group)
Sam Walton (Walmart)
Steve Jobs (Apple)
Thomas Edison (General Electric, 13 other companies)
Walt Disney (Walt Disney Company)
Warren Buffett (Berkshire Hathaway)
These were some of the eminent leaders who changed the course of world history. They were 'great' in their own right and shall be remembered for years to come.
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