More power: The 15 most famous leaders from the world’s history


Throughout history, there have been several famous leaders who have left their mark on the world. Some are remembered for leading their country to victory in war, while others are most well-known for their changes to society and government. This blog post will look at 20 of the most famous leaders throughout history and examine what made them so important.

The most famous leaders throughout history

Alexander the Great

Even though he only ruled for a short time, his conquests have everlasting impacted world culture and politics. He spread Greek culture across much of Asia Minor and Egypt through military force, contributing to how these areas developed later centuries.

His most impressive achievement was conquering Persia, which led him to extend his empire from Greece into India, where he founded over 70 cities. Unfortunately for Alexander the Great, this also meant that most of what he conquered eventually broke away because there were no strong leaders after him who could keep everyone together under one banner as they had done before.

  • He died when still very young at age 33 during a campaign against Persia but set up a legacy that most world leaders would do well to emulate.
  • Alexander the Great is known for having conquered most of what was then known as “the civilized world,”

Julius Caesar

He is most famous for his dictatorship and reforms of Rome. When he had complete control, he made many changes in government which led to an enduring form of it even after his death.

One significant reform was moving away from elections held by a vote among citizens because they were not representative enough. Instead, those who wanted power could run for office if they met specific qualifications, but only other politicians voted on whether or not you were allowed to have authority over them; this kept everyone more equal than before compared with the class system that existed under centuries past where rulers inherited titles.

  • He also made the Senate more powerful and expanded voting rights to most free citizens who were male before they could only vote if they had certain social status or property ownership qualifications.
  • He instituted many laws still used today, like the Julian calendar, which is generally considered one of his most important achievements because it was a very accurate system for measuring time even though it’s been modified since then in some ways.
  • Some people disagree about whether Julius Caesar should be remembered so positively. He started to like someone trying to help Rome but eventually took complete control over everything through military force.
  • They argue that this means all his reforms came from a position of power rather than being designed with the interests of most Romans at heart – especially considering most of them were only granted when he most directly benefited from it.
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Augustus Caesar

He was Julius’s adopted son and co-ruler. This ruler took over after his father died but, unlike him, did not have absolute power because there were other men in the Senate whom he had to convince to give up certain powers before they would do so.

Since most Romans weren’t used to having a single powerful individual running their government like Alexander the Great or Julius Caesar once did, this sort of arrangement worked well enough for most people that Augustus Caesar became known as one of Rome’s most influential leaders even though he wasn’t able to control everything quite like others in his position could on occasion.

  • He made many reforms through military force as well, just like his father, and most famous for this was the Pax Romana, which is a period of almost 200 years when most areas that were part of Rome’s empire were at peace.

Pope Sylvester I

His most important contribution during his time on Earth has been overseeing a religious council where they decided certain aspects about Christian religion; most importantly, it established that Jesus Christ wasn’t just an ordinary human, but actually, God himself came down from Heaven to live among us because he believed such claims would make Christianity more credible.

  • Many people still consider him one of their favorite popes to this day, even though most of his other accomplishments weren’t quite as important to world history.
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Mahatma Gandhi

He was a spiritual and political figure in India during the 20th century who helped put an end to British rule over their nation by leading nonviolent protests against them, which were so effective that many people consider him a hero because he inspired others across the globe, most notably Martin Luther King Jr., with these methods for protesting what you don’t like about your government or society without resorting to violence.

Even though not everyone agreed with everything he said, they generally admired how committed he was to always follow through on certain ideals no matter what it took – especially when taking into account that he was even willing to fast for long periods when it seemed like all the other methods he tried weren’t compelling enough.

Malcolm X

The most important thing about him, in most peoples’ opinions, are his speeches and sermons, which encouraged African Americans living during the Civil Rights Movement to consider their options more carefully and make decisions based on how they could best help themselves instead of waiting around hoping someone else would take care of their problems.

Even though some felt this approach made things worse because it put too much responsibility onto each individual without addressing any more significant issues or putting pressure on public officials, most agree with what Martin Luther King Jr. said at one point: “If you didn’t see the light at the end of his tunnel, then you just weren’t looking hard enough.”

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Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela, one of the prodigious civil rights leaders of the 20th century, does not need an introduction. Born in 1918, Mandela served as the first Black elected President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.

  • He fought against racial discrimination throughout his life and led the Anti-Apartheid movement against South African’s racist government.
  • All in all, he was so determined to end racial segregation in South Africa that even 30 years of detention did not stop him from his mission.
  • Mandela was awarded Nobel Prize in 1993 for his struggles to end the apartheid.
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Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr., an advocate of peaceful social change in America, was born in Georgia. In addition to chasing his magnificent vision of change throughout his life. He showed the people a picture of better tomorrow where all men are equal.

  • Luther’s exceptional oratorical skills and passion did not let him staggered for a single moment during his movement against racial discrimination.

Abrahamn Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln – the 16th President of the USA, is an emblem of liberty, democracy, quality, and unification. He was a lawyer and a statesman, born in 1809 in Kentucky, United States.

  • Abraham united Americans during the Civil War era; otherwise, America would be divided into many smaller states.
  • He terminated slavery in the United States by signing Emancipation Proclamation and inspired the southern slave states to establish the Confederate States of America.
  • His splendid leadership, excellent oratory skills, and passion made him one of the most famous leaders in the world’s history.

Mao Zedong

Mao Zedong, a Chinese communist revolutionary leader, was born in December 1893 in China’s Hunan province.

  • He was a soldier and statesmen who led the Chinese Communist Party from 1935 to 1976 and protected the country from foreign exploitation.
  • He is regarded as the founder of China we see today. Mao’s policies helped China become a superpower by boosting its economy and suppressing the Japanese invasion.

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Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc, also known as Saint Joan of Arc, is one of history’s best-known female military leaders. She was given a field command by her king at seventeen and led forces in several victorious battles.

  • Her family had long been connected to nobility and military service; she emerged as a figure living in her father’s castle. Her intelligence, piety, and charisma have led many to hail her as a saint for these actions.
  • Joan’s image has become intertwined with French nationalism because she is held up as an example of female military leadership that was extreme even by medieval standards.
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Quaid-e -Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah

It takes a lifespan to achieve your dreams. But to accomplish the goal of millions is a feat that only a few can perform. Quaid-e -Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah was one of them who transformed the Muslim’s long-cherished vision of freedom into reality.

  • Born on December 25th,1876, Jinnah united Indian Muslims and helped them get freedom from the British Empire. Unlike the other leaders, he rejected the tactics of violence and Civil disobedience to achieve his goals.
  • Jinnah’s peaceful strategies and remarkable leadership helped the Muslims get a separate homeland, “Pakistan.”
  • He is regarded as a hero for his excellent services to Muslims of the subcontinent.

Franklin D Roosevelt

Franklin D Roosevelt, commonly known as FDR, was an American statesman and political leader. Born on Jan 30th, 1882, at Hyde Park, he served as 32nd President of the United States.

  • FDR assumed the Presidency in the midst of the Great Depression of the 1930s. But his effective policy helped the Americans regain faith in themselves during the challenging time.
  • He implemented a “New Deal” policy during the Great Depression, which recovered the country from economic decline.
  • FDR’s remarkable leadership and extraordinary presentation skills made him one of the most famous leaders who successfully led the country in most of World War II.

Queen Cleopatra VII

In 1840, the Great man theory was established, which stated; history is written around the Greek men, who left a historical imprint on history. But when it comes to Egyptian Queen Cleopatra VII, her honor and leadership skills left the men far behind.

  • She took unprecedented steps to strengthen and stabilize Egypt and was regarded as “Queen of the Nile”.
  • Her unique ideas, principles, and decision-making ability made her an epitome of a “Great Man” in the world’s history.

Queen Boudica

Relatively few women could secure their place in history books. British queen Boudica was one such woman who incorporated her name in history as a freedom fighter.

  • Born into Celtic royalty, Boudica stood against Roman oppression.
  • She led a successful military campaign against the Romans in 60/61 AD, who disliked the concept of women rulers.
  • She fought valiantly with her people to force the Roman Empire out of their lands.
  • Her legendary courage serves as an inspiration to oppressed women to fight for what is right.


Leadership is a complex skill and one that’s hard to define. But, if we were to delve into the matter, it would be safe to say that leadership requires: empathy for others (especially those who are leading), the ability to inspire people with an idea or cause, as well as an understanding of how humans behave when faced with change. It also takes courage – not just physical bravery but emotional resilience too.

These 15 leaders demonstrate these qualities in spades and serve as excellent examples for any leader looking for guidance on doing better next time around. What lessons did you take away from this list?

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