Top Ten Most Important Leaders In World History

The Top Ten
1 Alexander The Great Alexander III of Macedon, commonly known as Alexander the Great, was a King of the Ancient Greek kingdom of Macedon and a member of the Argead dynasty.

He certainly played a large role in history, but in my opinion he was rather awful (quite ironically). He was a power hungry tyrant who is suspected to have organized the murder of his father. He put his own selfish desires before his people and was very vain. He died quite young, and there is speculation that he was poisoned by one of his soldiers (after making his army travel and conquer for eleven years, despite their protests).

Alexander the Greek or Alexander Macedon - very famous and known. A bittersweet tension between the vision and military deeds and a somewhat intimidating figure and less intellectual.

I am persian and I believe whe Alexander came to my Country, I have been created!
I choose him as my father.

2 Adolf Hitler Adolf Hitler (April 20, 1889 - April 30, 1945) was a German politician of Austrian descent who served as the leader of the Nazi Party since 1921, Chancellor of Germany since 1933, and Führer of Nazi Germany since 1934. As dictator of Nazi Germany, he reversed the Treaty of Versailles, initiated World War II in Europe with the invasion of Poland in September 1939, and was a central figure of the Holocaust... read more

Adolf Hitler was undoubtedly a horrible person, and probably influenced the world in the worst and most disgraceful way possible, hence to Germany's dismay for 40+ years. Although the word "bad" was invented because of him, he was one of the greatest leaders of all time. Almost successful in a herculean task, one of the greatest speakers, led a country with pure leadership, and always determined for success.

Although he was a terrible human being...He is still know as the most important and one of the best dictator/leader of all time. It takes a genius to run a country like he did, Of course though he was a sadistic dictator, but lets not forget how important he was in out History, we can't change that.

I know he was evil and all, but I can't help but to admire how far this man came!

3 Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

A father, a teacher, a revolutionary, a wiz and a marshal. Dyansty was corrupted, the whole country was surrounded by enemies. He shined like a hope upon the people. And today, 19th May, he established the national struggle, started indepence war and encouraged people to sly the enemies from lands. After long war days Turkish people met with the peace again and the sun risen again at the every corner of the region. He didn't confine himself with those. He has done countless revolutions like recognition of the right to choose and to be chosen to women, opening schools in every corner of Anatolia, alphabet revolution, industry revolution, and many other revolutions. Also as a writer, he has given various books about science and history. He was a real man of culture. He used to do a traditional dance named "Zeybek" with his friends as well. I would give you many more information about Ataturk but I recommend you to read the life of this man in a reliable source.

4 Muhammad Muhammad ibn Abdullah (570 AD - 632 AD) was an Arab religious, social, and political leader and the founder of the world religion of Islam. According to Islamic doctrine, he was a prophet, divinely inspired to preach and confirm the monotheistic teachings of Adam, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and other prophets. He is believed to be the Seal of the Prophets within Islam. Muhammad united Arabia into a single... read more

Muhammad SAW is undoubtedly the greatest leader of all time. He effectively united the backward society of Arabia. He established peace and unity between people, and having won many battles from armies larger than his. He spread Islam faster and more effectively than other religions, and during Islam, the world lived in peace and harmony. Now with the disappearance of Islam, the effects of disunity can be seen today, for example, the middle east, which has been effected the most, after the disappearance of Islamic rule.

Muhammad united most of the known world within a very short time. Within only about 700 years, Islam spread from as far East as China and India to as far west as Spain.

Muhammad Rasulullah SAW peace be upon him should be the first. He is the truthful person ever lived in the earth. The best creation of God.

5 Martin Luther King Jr. Martin Luther King Jr. (born Michael King Jr.; January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an African American minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968. King is best known for advancing civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience, inspired by his Christian beliefs and the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi.

How can a rapist be higher than him?

6 Julius Caesar Gaius Julius Caesar, known by his cognomen Julius Caesar, was a Roman politician and military general who played a critical role in the events that led to the demise of the Roman Republic and the rise of the Roman Empire.

He certainly had his flaws, but he was a wonderful leader that cared about the common people of Rome, and not just the upper-class. He was a genius military general as well, and his impact on society is massive.

He helped make the western culture what it is today. France would not exist without the founder of the Roman empire.

7 Jesus Christ Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem, Palestine. He was born to Mary, as the bible says "she was found with child of the Holy Ghost" (Matthew 1:18). He was both man and God (John 20:28). According to the bible He is God alone (Deuteronomy 6:4).

According To The Christian Bible, Jesus' purpose on Earth was redemption and salvation. While He was on Earth he healed the sick, brought the dead back... read more

Jesus Christ is God. Not just the Son of God. He also has the GREATEST INFLUENCE ON THE WORLD. Technically speaking Jesus is the head of the Catholic Church, and the Church has had maximum influence on world affairs, cultures, war and just about anything. You can't say he didn't exist because one- Who then started Christianity? And two, We have millions of testimonies of people who have seen and touched him. How is Alexander the Great more influential than GOD, the founder of Christianity and a democratic culture?

I believe Jesus Christ is the greatest man in history. Atheists may argue this out, but fact is fact and truth is truth; blind scientists may say there is no proof of this, but we believe in many things we have no proof of.

An evil trickster! Slowed science for two thousand years! Even today! He's anti-revolutionary and anti-communist. Die religion!

8 Napoleon Bonaparte Napoléon Bonaparte was a French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the French Revolution and led several successful campaigns during the Revolutionary Wars.

That stupid rapist is higher than this genius commander?
I don't want to live in this planet anymore.

Come on people this guy spread democracy across europe!

9 Mao Zedong Mao Zedong, also transliterated as Mao Tse-tung and commonly referred to as Chairman Mao, was a Chinese communist revolutionary and founding father of the People's Republic of China, which he governed as Chairman of the Communist Party of China from its establishment in 1949, until his death in 1976. His Marxist–Leninist theories, military strategies, and political policies are collectively known as Maoism or Marxism–Leninism–Maoism.

Even more horrible than Hitler.
Mao was history's biggest-ever killer of civilians, which unfortunately does make him important.

He made China great again!

10 Joan of Arc Joan of Arc, nicknamed "The Maid of Orléans", is considered a heroine of France for her role during the Lancastrian phase of the Hundred Years' War, and was canonized as a Roman Catholic saint. St. Michael the Arch Angel and Sts. Catherine of Alexandria and Margaret of Antioch appeared to Joan and commanded her to save France from the onslaughts of the English.
The Contenders
11 Joseph Stalin Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin was a Georgian dictator, and was the leader of the Soviet Union from the mid-1920s until his death in 1953. Holding the post of the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, he was effectively the dictator of the state.

Established a backward global super power through will and might while controlling and holding his power from his enemies.

He's here because the Soviet Union was one of the two most important countries in the world, from the time he came to power until it ended. He was a very, very effective leader, no matter how many people he killed.

While he established a totalitarian dictatorship, he was a very good strategist.

12 George Washington George Washington (February 22, 1732– December 14, 1799) was an American military officer, statesman, and Founding Father who served as the first president of the United States from 1789 to 1797. Appointed by the Continental Congress as commander of the Continental Army, Washington led the Patriot forces to victory in the American Revolutionary War and served as the president of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, which created the Constitution of the United States and the American federal government. Washington has been called the "Father of the Nation" for his manifold leadership in the formative days of the country.

He was awesome

Love this man

13 Mahatma Gandhi Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was the preeminent leader of the Indian independence movement in British-ruled India.

A student Lilly asked Barrack Obama, which person, living or dead, would he like to have dinner with? He replied, "Mahatma Gandhi".

"Christ gave us the goals, and Mahatma Gandhi tactics." -Martin Luther King

"I believe that Gandhi's views were the most enlightened of all the political men of our time.". -Albert Einstein

Harris Majeke, South Africa's ambassador to India said, "While Nelson Mandela the father of South Africa, Mahatma Gandhi is our grandfather."

He was great leader and led Indian independence movement. Word arr nothing to define him. He led the protest against discrimination with blacks in South Africa. He was great gift of god to this planet. He gave independence to India with non-voilence and truth. He united the whole country. He is great inspiration for every world leader who defeated British without even one bullet or any violence.

Funny that a fake baba, Ram Rahim Singh, a rapist, is in the top, even though no one except people from South Asian subcontinent know of him while Mahatma Ghandhi, a true face of what Hunduism stands for is ranked so low. This thread has made me realize that religion=ignorance.

14 Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was an American lawyer and statesman who served as the 16th president of the United States from 1861 until his assassination in 1865. Lincoln led the nation through the American Civil War and succeeded in preserving the Union, abolishing slavery, bolstering the federal government, and modernizing the U.S. economy... read more

Although I would like to vote for M.L. King Jr., I have to hand it to Lincoln because without him, slavery could possibly still be a thing in America and King wouldn't have even gotten the chance to give his speech.

Abraham Lincoln was a great leader who also loved cats!

He was good also

15 B. R. Ambedkar Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar (14 April 1891 – 6 December 1956), popularly known as Babasaheb or B. R. Ambedkar, was an Indian jurist, economist, politician and social reformer who inspired the Dalit Buddhist movement and campaigned against social discrimination towards Untouchables (Dalits), while also supporting the rights of women and labour. He was Independent India's first law minister, the principal... read more

He was the greatest leader of India who dedicated his whole life for the betterment and equality of people. He was the father of Indian Constitution, Reserve Bank of India was established on his book 'Problem of the Rupee: Its Origin and Its Solution', he was the first person in modern India to give gender equality and women rights, he gave 8 hours work shift rule and set minimum wages for labours. He gave maternity leave provision in the system. Indian constitution is the longest constitution in the world making India a sovereign, socialist, secular, democratic republic, assuring its citizens of justice, equality, and liberty, and endeavours to promote fraternity among them.

He also inspired millions of Hindus especially Dalits to leave Hinduism which is based casteism and inequality to embrace Buddhism and the teachings of Buddha.

Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar & study of law are just like two sides of coins which compliments each other.

16 Winston Churchill Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill was a British statesman who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. Churchill was also an officer in the British Army, a historian, and a writer.

This dude literally carried the entire allies for a long time and had to alone hold the Western Front, after the fall of France, against the extremely powerful Third Reich FOR AROUND A YEAR. If the Brits had an idiot instead of Churchill, you probably wouldn't be reading this list.

Best prime minister ever
We may never have a British ruler like him again.

The greatest human ever

17 Muhammad Ali Jinnah "Quaid-e-Azam" Muhammad Ali Jinnah (December 25th 1876 - September 11th 1948) was a British-Indian lawyer and politician, whom would later go on to become the founder of Pakistan in 1947 and its first Governor-General. He died only a year after from tuberculous, but has remained an influential and important leader in the 20th Century and was one of the prominent figures who supported The partition... read more

He made a country never existed before and did it single handedly and by constitutional means and by the power of vote. Fought against the element use religious angles in politics namely Gandhi Jee. What a man wa Jinnah!

Gangus will hate but the fact that he made a country when his own population was so poor and powerless shows the extent that one man can achieve. Indians should be embarrassed with their left over, meaningless country. Lol 'India' is named after a Pakistani river! So much for claiming to be 5000 years old!

Yeah, yeah, very good leader. Was he high or anything? came to this land and said, "Urdu and Urdu shall be the state of language of Pakistan"

18 Nelson Mandela Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013) was a South African anti-apartheid activist who served as the first president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country's first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid by fostering racial reconciliation. Ideologically an African nationalist and socialist, he served as the president of the African National Congress (ANC) party from 1991 to 1997.

Nelson Mandela succeded to make the transition from apartheid to democracy a peacefull one. In South-Africa he is highly respected by people of all colour. Outside South-Africa he is an inspiration for everybody who wants to make the world a better place.

19 Barack Obama Barack Hussein Obama II (born August 4, 1961) is an American politician who served as the 44th president of the United States from 2009 to 2017. He was the first African-American president of the United States. A member of the Democratic Party, he previously served as a U.S. senator from Illinois from 2005 to 2008 and as an Illinois state senator from 1997 to 2004.

Barak Hussain Obama was the first black president of the United States. He is a politician, and lawyer. He was the 42nd president of the United States of America.

He looks absolutely wonderful in light of who followed him.

20 Vladimir Lenin Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov (22 April 1870–21 January 1924), better known as Vladimir Lenin, was a Russian revolutionary, politician, and political theorist. He served as the first and founding head of government of Soviet Russia from 1917 to 1924 and of the Soviet Union from 1922 to 1924. Under his administration, Russia, and later the Soviet Union, became a one-party socialist state governed by the Communist Party. Ideologically a Marxist, his developments to the ideology are called Leninism.

He payed the path for Stalin but he made life better for the people, he made the Soviet Union and showed the world the evil ways of capitalism

He is the Father of communism.

No. 1 in My opinion

21 Cyrus II of Persia

Every one know he had the greatest and biggest empire ever and of course he is one of the best leaders of all time. he is one of three emperors whom had never lost any wars or battles in the world with alexander the great and Genghis khan. the Cyrus cylinder shows he was the first man who wrote rule and justice in the world

Great founder of Iran

He's just great

22 Genghis Khan Genghis Khan c. 1162 – August 18 1227, born Temüjin, was the founder and Great Khan of the Mongol Empire, which became the largest contiguous empire in history after his death.

Another one who slaughtered millions of civilians.

I think, You'll remember of them same me.

23 Malcolm X Malcolm X, born Malcolm Little and also known as el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz, was an American Muslim minister and human rights activist.

Malcolm X needs more attention for everything he did for the Civil Rights Movement.

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25 A. P. J. Abdul Kalam Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen "A. P. J." Abdul Kalam was the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007. A career scientist turned politician, Kalam was born and raised in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, and studied physics and aerospace engineering.

A GREAT LEADER who lived such a simple life. He was an epitome of devotion towards his motherland. He needs to be saluted.

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