Greatest Leaders of All Time


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Alexander the Great
only death stopped him to conquer almost a half of the world


He is Greek Emperor, if he knew that America exists, it would be his now. A true Emperor...
The only military leader who never experienced defeat...
[Newest]At the age of 27 he was the emperor of all known world.


2Gengis Khan
He once ruled over the largest, ever, empire in world history.
One of the greatest leaders he was almost unstopable.

3Prophet Muhammad
Established a new religion. In a single lifetime he built an empire that would threaten Europe throughout the middle ages. A social code which lasts to this day.
Started one of the most successful religions in the world which moulded some of the greatest empires in the middle, classical and industrial eras. Made a role-model to over a 1.6 billion and established a great advancement in science and culture.
It's so enough to say the word " prophet " it carries many meanings and makes a lot of sense.
[Newest]Muhammad peace be upon him first number leader for all world forever

His Civil Code was acceleration towards the end of feudalism.
Any man who can piont a canon though the popes bedroom window and get away with it merits my respect


This guy is an unknown however he will be up there with greatest of leaders in years to come. Give it 25 years and he will be sitting in the top half of this list.


He is the one who showed way of peace after lord Buddha!

6Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
Transformed a weak, aging Ottoman Empire into a modern, secular, and democratic Republic of Turkey. Also, he was a great military leader, leading Turkish forces to victory against the British at Gallipoli and against foreign occupation after WWI.
All other leaders know at their time mustafa kemal is greater then they

7Julius Caesar
Victorious against the odds in the Gallic wars, becomes the first roman to lead an invasion of Britain, disposed a pharaoh, defeats one of the great military strategists in history to win a civil war and become the most powerful man in the Western world, his assassination by a descendant of one of the founders of the republic leads to the death of the republic, and birth of an empire that has left many present influences on the world especially Europe, there's even a month named after him a man that stands amongst gods, Julius Caesar is Nietzsches uberman.
50, 000 Romans defeating 200, 000 Gauls? Must I say more? He lead his army from the front wearing a red sash while riding a white horse in every battle and was never defeated. Enough said. Hands down.


The last great constructive genius and nation-builder that the Hindu race has produced… He was truly an original explorer, the maker of a new road in medieval Indian history with no example of guide before him.
Greatest Maratha Leader.. The true greatest Maratha king... The empire of Maharashtra.. Shiv chhatrapati
Shivaji Maharaj the great management Guru

9Jesus Christ
The savior of the whole world. In Him was life, and the life was and is the light of mankind. The one that conquer darkness and death.
Even if you do not share the faith that he is the Savior. He is easily the most influential person in human history. Entire civilizations and ideologies founded upon his teachings. All based on Love.
Our lord and savior he is unmatched

The great son of India give her recognition in the world. Country of Buddha, the Land of piece spread message of non violence.

The Contenders

11Mahatma Gandhi
He is one of the main faces behind india's independence who believed in non violence till his last breath.
The greatest son of modern india who was the only person in which all the indians believed. The propogator of truth and non violence. Arguably (many would argue but will fail) the most loved and respected leaderin the history of mankind.

The creator of the western world. His reforms were revolutionary and he brought Rome to a gold age.
Successor of Julius Caesar, and with Marc Antony, ruled over a vast empire.


First actual emperor of Rome and created the Roman Empire he also did it because of Vergil when he made The Aeneid. It help him change the roman republic to an empire.

13King David
King David ruled Israel at a pivotal period, he established the golden era of Israel

14Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela is the Greatest leader of all time! Forgiving his enemy on release from prison after 27 yrs, encouraging and leading the quest for reconciliation not only in South Africa but all over the world. So it is obvious that it is him that ruled over the greatest empire of all time. He conquered the world without a single shot! Even his enemies bowed to him. His principles cut across all and every kind of boundary.

15Abraham Lincoln
Sorry for my bad spelling. He freed the slaves and had a big part in ending slavery. Which was a very honerable thing to do.
The greatest leader of all time. Hands down.

16B. R. Ambedkar
Greatest person who made the change in the India, made India proud by giving one of the finest constitution which make India a great Republic.
God wants to change in peoples
[Newest]World greatest Dr.B.R. Ambedkar.

17Attila the Hun
In his time the Hunnic Empire had the half of Europe


18George Washington
He is one of the 100 Most Influential Person in history. Maybe he is better than every USA leaders now...



20Vladimir Lenin
He established the first socialist state in the world, ending the sphere of bourgouise...

21Cyrus the Great
Just look it up. How could anyone believe him not the best.
He is great leader of ancient world

22Marcus Aurelius

23Narendra Modi

24Elizabeth II

25Thomas Jefferson

26Chandragupta Maurya
The great Mauryan Emperor. Founder of the Mauryan empire. He was the son-in-law of Selukos Nikator, general of Alexander, the Great.


27Subhash Chandra Bose
The greatest leader in india

28Barack Obama

29Leonidas I

Another great emperor. He spread mauryan empire by defeating 16 kings and added their land to his empire.


31David Cameron

32Richard I of England

33Dasaratha Maurya

34Shinzo Abe

35Al Capone
Capone led one of the biggest criminal underworld operations of his time.
Bootlegger, gangster, mob boss and he was untouchable since he bought off the judges, police and jurys.
He was quite the gangster back in his day and he was the leader of his $100 million+ empire. He was responsible for the St. Valentines Day Massacre in the late 20s/early 30s.

36Jesse James

37Teddy Roosevelt

He is the best by far only Saladin can match!
He also killed many Christians.

39Otto von Bismarck
One of the greatest, if not the greatest, politicians of all time. He turned Germany from a big mess of squabbling states into the mightiest nation in Europe, the German Empire. He was unbelievable at the art of politics, deftly using whatever means to expand Prussia's power. His policy of realpolitik is still studied and used throughout the world.


41Xi Jinping


43Winston Churchill
I ain't British but I can say he is my hero

44Mehmed the Conqueror

45Tony Abbot

46Balaji Baji Rao

47Adolf Hitler
"Hitler will emerge from the hatred that surrounds him now as one of the most significant figures who ever lived... He had a mystery about him in the way that he lived and in the manner of his death that will live and grow after him. He had in him the stuff of which legends are made. "

- John F. Kennedy,
President of the
United States of America
He may have been a evil person, but you don't need to be a "good guy" to be a good leader. He inspired Germany to rebuild, and that they would be powerful. He didn't succeed, but he did try is best. If he wasn't Jew hating and got rid of all his evil, he would be one of the best people in the world.
Look back in history at Nazi Germany and think to yourself how that could happen to an entire country. Unfortunately the term 'leader' has a positive connotation to it, but if you can set that aside and look at it as a neutral word, Hitler really was one of the greatest. 'Evil genius' would be an appropriate term (although possibly more insane than evil).


48Ramses II

49Crazy Horse


51Vladmir Putin



54Suleiman the Magnificent


56Catherine the Great

57Dilma Rousseff


How is this man not first? SALADIN IS GREAT! He is magnificent, noble and so humble. He reclaimed Jerusalem and even Richard Lionheart himself could not reclaim the land. This man united ALL Muslims and Arabs.
Saviour of the Muslems. He deserves to be in the top ten

60Margaret Thatcher

61Deng Xiaoping

62T. E. Lawrence

63Tariq ibn Ziyad

64Pancho Villa


66Angela Merkel

67Guru Gobind Singh

68Isabella I of Castile

69Elizabeth I

70Franjo Tuđman

71Jiang Zemin

72Muammar Gaddafi
Unfortuanatley, imperialist US propaganda has tarnished this great man's image somewhat, but he remains one of the greatest leadwers in history. He came from extremely poor beginnings, was able to depose a corrupt bourgouise monarchy, raised the standards of living for his people by nationalizing oil, and helped spread democracy across the Middle East.
His Green Book changed my life, and showed me the true genius of a man, a man who, despite being now unfortuantley departed, all opponents of tyranny, all promoters of freedom, all opponents of capitalism, should hold highly in their hearts.


74Franklin Roosevelt

75Nawaz Sharif


He helped the education of eourope when Rome fell and if it wasn't for him education and religion would not be like it is right now and would be like the Middle East he was also a great military leader.

78Queen Elizabeth I

79Xerxes I
At its greatest extent, His empire covered all of Asia, half of Europe, and most of North Africa.

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