Most Influential Leaders of the 20th CenturyDylanB_08
The Top Ten
Come back marshal tito
One of the founders of the Third World, a greatly awarded, decorated and appreciated man all around the world. Yugoslavia under Tito was the only European communist country which did not become a Soviet satellite state. Despite this, it was a country where life standards were high and lots of people who lived in this period would even argue that they liked it better under Tito's leadership. The Yugoslavian passport was also of great value and power.
-kept a country together for years when thought impossible
-resisted both western powers and the Soviet communist block, staying neutral throughout the coldwar ( only European communist country to do so. (screw Stalin)
- Chief Leader and one of the founders of The 3rd world ( non-aligned movement)
-made Yugoslavia the first communist country to open its borders to all foreign visitors and abolished visa requirements
-active in promoting a peaceful resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
-1967, Tito offered Czechoslovak leader Alexander Dubček to fly to Prague on three hours notice if Dubček needed help in facing down the Soviets.
-only communist country allowed to have an embassy in Alfredo Stroessner's Paraguay
-His public speeches often reiterated that policy of neutrality and cooperation with all countries would be natural as long as these countries did not use their influence to pressure Yugoslavia to take sides
-Tito received a total of 119 awards and ...more
In 1980 he had the largest state funeral in history.
This man, that seems unknown to many, was loved by leaders from both sides of the Cold War. His death brought enemies together in silent mourning but it also brought the end of an era of brotherhood and unity.
Tito was the greatest leader of the 20th century because his influence stretched out to a global scale, but he is also the worst leader because nobody could possibly live up to his greatness.
He fought off Hitler, humiliated Stalin and resisted pressure from the United States. He had a vision of what he believed was right and he didn't allow anyone to halt his journey.
People talk about Lenin or Marx as the socialist revolutionaries, but they are wrong. Tito was the true revolutionary, by taking elements of many different ideologies he was able to create a truly socialist nation that strived for the people and not military or economic dominance. It wasn't about controlling the most land or having ...more
Awful, AWFUL man, but you can't deny the influence he had. He transformed a country, a religion, and history itself. Best? No. Kindest? No. I hate this man with all my heart, but he had, and still has, an enourmous influence on this world.
Personally, I believe Hitler is the greatest leader in the 20th Century. His commitment is extra-ordinary; he used all his skills to reach his aim and invented a knowledge and industry to implement his aim. He created a mission based on a philosophy; practically executed that mission;mobilized the entire nation to contribute to that mission. In this course, Hitler used all the resources around him to reach his aim; invented many resources those not freely available and managed those resources efficiently and effectively; gave a high and technical and disciplinary values to his work. I think, Hitler used all the human-distinctiveness and strengths that a human being can used to reach his aim or long felt inner-human urges.
(I know the entire world hate Hitler, so do I, but I highly respect his LEADERSHIP; how did he used his leadership a different story)
I think he was a good leader but his actions once he gained power were despicable. He cause a massive deprivation in Jewish faith.
This man was very evil. But is influence and deception was strong enough to convince an entire nation that he was a good leader. Still wicked and is thankfully suffering his consequences in hell. But remember, if it weren't for him, NOTHING would be the same.V 34 Comments
He completely changed the vision, nature of his country and created a modern country from scratch. Besides, his revolution took full support from nation unlike many other revolutionists. He had the chance to become sole ruler of the country after revolution. However, he preferred democracy and gave his people right to vote.
He is the greatest leader of 20th century but unfortunately he is known a little because he has still lots of enemies. Because of the democracy he planted and the nation he cultivated he made the Turkey a civilised country. But because America wanted and wants a middleeast country in Turkeys location America is trying to erase him and erase the Ataturks modern Turkey and wants to put an uneducated middleeastern country.
He brought freedom and democracy to the Turkish people. He was not only a leader, he was a soldier, a scientist, a historian, a mathematician... He published a book about geometry and another book about history called "Turkish History Thesis". He defended the Galipoli against England, France, Australia, New Zealand and Arabs. In that battle he also defeated Admiral Winston Churchill's fleet (who is in the 3rd place on the list). He protected Ottaman Empire against England, France, Italy, Russia, Greece, Armenians, Arabs, Kurds. Then, he overthrew the Sultan and founded the modern Turkey. Ataturk Centennial is declared in 1981 by United Nations and UNESCO. Ataturk is the only person to receive such recognition by UNESCO.
He is so different than Adolf Hitler or Tito or Churchill... To vote Mustafa Kemal Ataturk against those is already an injustice. He represents the fight against imperialism.V 76 Comments
the britishers had to yield and it was not easy to influence a multi linguistic populace of diversifed millions... India, he was the man... no world leader had such positive effect over millions
there is not a single personality who is comparable to mr. gandhi
He fought for peace and non-violence
Gandhi was a great leader. He was a gay too👬.V 46 Comments
Gandhi,Hitler,Ataturk? As a American of German ancestry it pains me to say a Brit was probably not only the most influential but arguably the greatest man to walk the earth short of Christ himself.
In the face of certain doom this man lead his country to stand up, fight and oppose the most formidable force the world had ever seen. He walked among his people as the bombs were falling. Courage, strength, integrity, sincerity and the deepest conviction gave him the moral authority to lead a nation and the world from the brink of enslavement.
Hitler before Churchill what a joke. A brutal coward and a thug. He murdered a lot of people but last I checked the universal language is English not German and the symbol of his reign isn't even legal in his own nation.
By the way, all you FDR fans. Nope. Roosevelt did not have the courage to lead his people to do what was right over what was popular. As the Jewish peoples of Europe were being written out of the future, his ...more
He "gave the lion its roar" and may be the person most responsible for saving Western civilization from tyranny.
Hitler's Biggest nightmare :) Thank you Winston for all - MatrixGuy
What A Great And Inspirational Leader - JPKV 30 Comments
A great man who tried his best to open the eyes of others.
The man tried to fight for peace between races, and rid the world of racism. He wanted equality between everyone. No idea why he had to die, for fdoing a good thing. However, he ended up influencing a lot of people as of today.
Martin Luther King Jr. paved the way into trying to make America realize that black people and white people are of equal rank and should stand together united rather than look down upon others.
Lead by examplV 5 Comments
The person who transformed Russia from a poor agricultural country to a nuclear armed superpower
Hitler's true fear and nightmare. "not one step back"
A greatly influential leader does not necessarily mean a benevolent leader with a good influence. He truly was a great influence but seldom a good one.
This guy,Mao and Hitler are the worst.-TheCoolGuy1V 11 Comments
The greatest of U. S presidents led america out of depression and to the winning of ww2 setting the foundations to world number 1 status
Man responsible for getting US into WW2, and all the resulting deaths, not to mention fueling communism's rise. A wannabe communist who had over 50 communists in the highest levels
Of his government. Forced Japan into war, ergo, Germany.
Sank German ships long before war started -Acts of War, included Lend Lease, convoys, embargoes.
A true two faced monster.
I severely doubt that Roosevelt was a communist. The reason he was fooled by Stalin's ambitions was that he was blinded with trust. He was not working with him. A good leader, but he doesn't deserve his position in this list.
Led America out of the Great Depression and won four terms as President during incredibly challenging economic times - while fighting WW2.
The leader of the Bolsheviks during the Russian Revolution is someone who has had one of the greatest influences on life in the 20th century. This man was largely responsible for the overthrowing of the unjust and greedy line of Russian Tsars, founded the nation that was the primary victor in World War II, and fought against the United States in the 'Cold War'. Without Lenin this world would have been a very different place.
It takes a smart man to make something bigger and better. But it takes a genius, like Vladimir Lenin to make an idea turn the other way. He gave Russia all he had. And he did something no other man in history did. He made something so revolutionary that the world will always remember Communism.
What Lenin did during his time, was damn incredible, if only he didn't have Stalin as his right hand man (which was pretty much the only HORRIBLE thing that he did (decision wise) )
Ture leader of russiaV 7 Comments
Great leader for peace. Even with those who persecuted him. Excellent example for mankind
Every leader does what they think correct and best at that time. That was their vision for a better future. For that we are grateful to you TATA MANDELA. Your sacrifices will never be fogotten... #Long-live
A man who gave his life for the nation and his people and extended his hand to his enemies
Everyone likes Nelson Mandela! He's the best zombie of all time! He was a zombie two times over! (Died 1989, zombie until July 2013, zombie again until December 2013) - MarkTheFoxV 10 Comments
He was the Grand Ayatollah and the supreme leader of Shia's, the revolution he brought has still impact in Iran. He had great leadership qualities due to which he desolate the liberal government of shah of Iran (Mohammad Reza Pahlavi) Imam Khomeini considered be the only greatest philosopher of the 20th century.
He was so influential that he had the biggest funeral ever, but his influence was bad.
One of the greatest leaders of 20th century.
Great great greatest...V 10 Comments
Muhammad ali jinnah is the man who give us our independence right. He is the man who unite the muslims and give independent state to muslims and saw a dream that this state will be the islamic republic which will help all the other muslims countries and maintain friendly relations to its neighbours. But after his death all the situation and the concept and ideology of pakistan turn on another way which is shame for us. Now once again we should need a philosopher like allama iqbal and leader as quaid e azam who give us really independence.
I understand why some may 100% be happy with this man but I think that no matter what but this man gave Pakistan a sort of gift of freedom, identity, honour without any other favour or help of a country. This is significant today for the country to be proud of this history. I don't why I do a poster on him bravely and proudly if people can do one on martin luther or gandhi.
Gandhi's aim was to protect India from a split-up. And Jinnah's was to provide a autonomous state to not only his nation, but people who really were oppressed by the staggering Hindu majority. Jinnah's struggle was unique, and not that he just led the Pakistan Movement, it was indeed his leadership that did what the Islamic Reformers, Mughals, and other Influential Legends couldn't do. That is Jinnah. A Victor, indeed. He won the duel against Gandhi, as the movement is summed up as a game of chess between these two, Gandhi was not able to refrain Indian split and lost it to Jinnah.
He was the great leader who win without war.V 35 Comments
Dr B.R. ambedkar is one of the most influential personality of india. Due to their efficient constitution india manage to survive its freedom and independence. India with very depressed background has now become a strong, well established and words biggest Democratic country. India with more than hundred languages, six religions and various disparities is leading toward heights.
Dr B.R. ambedkar is true celebrated champion of the underprivileged. He deserves more than what he has achieved today
Highly educated, can serve in foreign country for self betterment, but served in humiliating conditions in India and worked a lot for the depressed classes and overall made the constitution of India..
He is my godV 70 Comments
Anyone who could fight out of the jungle with makeshift arms and overthrow a violent and greedy tyrant, who stood up to the might of the "good guys" for 50 years and who always had the well-being of his people at heart, deserves the accolade of leader of the 20th century. As for his influence, just look at South America in the 21st century, one by one its nations have cast off the chains of N. American imperialism, cloaked as always in a shroud of benevolence and charity. What legacy did John Paul II leave? He left Ratzinger, a despot, ex-Hitler youth, misogynist, homophobe, a beacon of hatred, a haven for serial child rapists, a friend to the powerful and corrupt and defender of ignorance and poverty. Fidel may have had to make difficult decisions in order to protect his revolution but they pale in comparison to the magnitude of the horrific crimes against humanity perpetrated by at least 6 American presidents since he first came to power.
Fidel Castro is clearly the man of the 20 century at least in the Western Hemisphere. There is no other leader in the Western hemisphere that comes even close.
A Real Warrior. He defies USA over 50 years. Still Inspiring. Thank You Castro.
Good riddance to bad rubbish, I hope he does not RIP.V 2 Comments
He made the most difficult decision a President has ever had to make. It saved untold Japanese and American Lives. He was incorruptible.He was not power hungry and made his decisions based on what was good for America and in accordance with his Christian faith.V 2 Comments
He helped free poland, he helped Mother Terasa, he forgave the man that shot him, he believed people should stand side by side hand in hand in peace he even cured a woman with cancer did gandhi do that no!, and why is magaret thatcher on the list she discriminated catholics in my country IRELAND, she let bOBBY SANDS AND THE HUNGER STRIKERS DIE even though the pope tried to stop the British government doing it and give us a united ireland. He is in heaven now enjoying himself. long live pope john paul 2nds memory.
He was a great leader who believes in unity among all regardless of who they were or where they came from. He wanted unity for all religions so as to enhance peace, love and unity. He believed that all cultures were equal and should be treated so
He forgive the very person who wanted to kill him.. Its great to forgive... Forgiveness leads to PEACE on earth
The greatest!V 5 Comments
Mao Zedong transformed China into what is now known as the People's Republic of China. Through The Great Leap Forward China is now one of the largest producers of technology oriented products. It is also one of the worst nations where human rights are concerned. Like many of the leaders on this list, he was a great leader but not a good one.
Was a genius military leader, leading China to victory in the Korean and Vietnamese war, despite China's lack of military technology and weapons at the time
His gargantuan ego, villainous contempt for the human condition, and role in shaping Southeast Asia earn Mao a spot in the top ten.
If "Influential" means he killed the most civilians of anybody in history, then Mao is your guy!
Margaret Thatcher did not try to destroy the working class. She cut spending, entitlements, welfare which was debilitating the growth of private capitalism in Britain, and killing jobs. She was trying to inspire the work ethic within the British people. Rely on yourselves; don't expect the government to take care of you. Britain was a stagnant economy. Thatcher instilled policies that brought freedom, free trade and job growth. It took time, as it does now and people lost their pensions, which gave her policies a bad rap. But Thatcher was a great leader, not allowed to go far enough. She tried to take power out of the hands of the trade unions. She was FOR the working class, the class she came from.
Should be ranked at least in the top 5. Margaret Thatcher brings a huge impact during non war period, except for a brief war over the falklands. It is easy to rank someone like Churchill higher because he was viewed as the hero who saved Britain from defeat of war. But other then that, Churchill contribution is minimal. Thatcher was so influential throughout the whole world. It was she who started of with the big privatization agenda in which was heavily copied in Asia and Eastern Europe. She also played a huge role both in Britain and Europe. It was during her leadership that welfare spending was cut and her refusal to join the Euro currency was correct. Her fight against the labor union which today influence French upcoming presidential candidate Francois Fillon and few other countries. Her stance against socialism is gaining more and more relevance today. This is a leader who can foresee things 30-40 years ahead. She is the greatest leader of the 20th century.
The politically illiterate left-wing will hate her. But she gave the working class the power of self-sufficiency instead of relying on the government for a handout. Massive respect for the Iron Lady.
Britain's George BushV 6 Comments
Never voted for him but must admit he accomplished everything he promised on the campaign trail. Learned to admire his confidence and action and that is what leadership I's all about.
By escalating the arms race he brought the Soviet Union to its inevitable end quicker. Through Nancy's War on Drugs he worsened conditions for those whom have addiction problems.
Brought back American self confidence and the belief that empowering people not government is what makes America great!
The Greatest PresidentV 5 Comments
He shaped the United States and the world as both proceeded into the 20th century. He was far ahead of his time, being both tough yet compassionate. He was extremely intelligent, hard working, humble, and a wonderful father and husband. He was probably the most idealist and honorable leader we've ever had and his enthusiasm knew no bounds.
A man with ideas that were ahead of his time. A tough man with liberal ideas. Anti trust laws, child labor laws, national parks. The greatest American president by far.
T.R. "humble? "
He was an egocentric blowhard of the first order.
His "boundless enthusiasm" was for total statism.
You don't have a clue what you're talking about.
A great military leader, and president...oh don't act like you don't know that this man led the ROUGH RIDERSV 1 Comment
Even though he had his political and economic mistakes but he sure had the best integrity of any individual in the History of man kind, with all the love and loyalty to his people and country...
Great leader who is still respected and blessed by Egyptians for generations. Been mentioned by people after 50 years of his decease as the a devoted leader.
The best arab leader ever and remains a legend after 60 yrs. If all the leader had a bit of nasser the Middle East would have been a leading power in the world.
Nasser had a great vision for his people, people of the Arab world and for the people of the developing world.V 4 Comments
He is responsible for the spectacular rise of China in the world stage
He completely upturned the USSR, and essentially gave the people back their freedom (such as by bringing down the berlin wall). His power makes him a great leader, and as a leader he was supported by the people.
He ended the Cold War and rightly got the Nobel Peace Price for it. Without him, Germany wouldn't been reunited in 1990.
The man who changed the world
An example of ultimate compassion working selflessly with the poorest of the poor.
She is one of the most caring people that I know. she dedicated her life from the age of eighteen to help those who were less fortunate.
Forced dying patients to be baptised against their wishes and it was later found that she questioned her faith in letters to the Vatican. Not the pure and generous soul people would have you believe.
He was one of the most influential leaders in the arab world, he was the one to establish a federal state that brought together the seven emirates. he devoted his life to the service of his people and to make their country a better place.
When he died in 2004 people were in tears both Emiratis and expats. This man was known by his people not as a president but as a kind and close friend.
Father of modern Singapore. A pragmatic world statesman who took an insignificant fishing village of a state in South East Asia and turned it into a First World Country in one generation.
Even though often critiqued for his leadership style, he has molded Singapore - from a third world nation to a first. Thumbs up, sir!
Created from a swamp, arguably, one of the most stable and economically vibrant countries in the world.V 1 Comment
I wish more people listened the song 'imagine'... would solve half the problems of the world...
Was such an influential person, musically and in so many other ways
One of the greatest men ever to live! He was so peaceful! - HenryDog
ITS LEDERS NOT ARTISTS
The man who devoted all his life for the independence and liberty of his country. Vietnam is Ho Chi Minh.
Saved his country from vampire capitalism and tyrant invader in his sperm effort
I'm from his country so Ho Chi Minh is my great leader.
He had great influence on revolutionary movemensV 1 Comment
Revolution is not like an apple that will fall after it is ripe, you have to make it fall. LESSON TO ALL PEOPLE EVERYDAY
An exceptional revolutionary an example of bravery and a hope in misery.
People call him a hero, but he supported the persecution of homosexuals. Another degenerate that the left-wing idolise.V 3 Comments
His thought is still relevant today. Helping other Asia Africa countries to secure their independence against colonialism and imperialism. For the unity of his country he never fight back against the power that was trying to overthrow him with the creeping coup known as Gestapu
Indonesia's Great Leader of Revolution, the people's tounge extension, one of the founder of Asia-Africa Conference, founder of CONEFO (Conference of New Emerging Forces), founder of Non Aligned movement. Well known for his quotes especially the one which he said to USA "Go to hell with your Aid! " Indonesia independence's proclaimer alongside hatta
Saver of the caos in the Middle East
Putin è ora quello che era Tito una volta!
So influential, he had a cartoon character named after (and a damn great one at that (it's Avatar: The Last Airbender in case you were wondering) )
The man is peace incarnate, life-long leader of Tibet, Buddhism and Eastern spirituality. Feared by China and loved the world over.
He can't compare to any being in the world. A great spritural and political leader.
Philosopher, thinker, Author, Neuro Scientist and a celebrity.
French general and statesman who led the Free French Forces during World War II. He later founded the French Fifth Republic in 1958 and served as its first president from 1959 to 1969.
Should be on the top ten. He restore the nation of France, and succeed after the terrible defeat on juin 40, to get a occupation zone in Germany, to avoid a civil war, and get a seat to France at the ONU.
He is one of the greatest patriot in entire history of Pakistan. If he holds the leadership of our country, Pakistan will flourish in the right direction. Imran has very strong ideology and disliked by some western countries, but he is undoubtedly a sincere and true politician ever came to Pakistani politics.
He is a very honest man and he won the cricket World Cup for Pakistan. He cares all about Pakistan.
We can not judge a on the basis of cricket or mythical speeches without performance.
Honest, sincere and a true patriot.
He saved a country, the Philippines, from 30+ years of plunder and tyrannical rule by the greedy and conscienceless Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos. He spent years in prison as a political prisoner and in the end made the ultimate sacrifice of risking his life to bring back democracy to the Filipinos. He was assassinated in August 1987 which led to the bloodless revolution "People Power" that removed the Marcoses from power. There is no greater love than to lay your life for a friend.
Tahir ul qadri is the greatest scholar of the Muslim world. He gave the fatwa on terrorism
He is not a leader I think so.
He should be in the top 10!
A man of manifold and staggering achievements, Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri is the founding leader of Minhaj-ul-Qur’an International (MQI), an organization with branches and centres in more than 90 countries around the globe, working for the promotion of peace and harmony between communities and the revival of spiritual endeavour based on the true teachings of Islam. Shaykh-ul-Islam is a scholar of extraordinary proportions and an intellectual leader for all seasons. He is a living model of profound classical knowledge, intellectual enlightenment, practical wisdom, pure spirituality, love, harmony and humanism. He is well known for his ardent endeavour to strengthen bonds among people, by bringing them together through tolerance, dialogue, integration and education. He successfully bridges the past with his image of the future and finds convincing solutions for contemporary problems. He has been teaching Hadith, Tafsir, Fiqh, Theology, Sufism, Seerah, Islamic ...moreV 1 Comment
Won WWII, desegregated the schools, ended the Korean War, built the highway system and warned the people of the US about the military industrial complex...
Last career military man who became President of the United States.
One of the great Generals of WWII.
Risked and lost his life by courageously attempting to take on the powerElites by his decision to shut down the Corruption of the Federal Reserve which would have a huge positive affect on the world by making an incredibly positive shift in the direction of the financial evolution of the planet.
Sadhguru, a yogi and profound mystic of our times, is a visionary humanitarian and a prominent spiritual leader. A contemporary Guru, rooted as strongly in mundane and pragmatic matters as he is in inner experience and wisdom, Sadhguru works tirelessly towards the physical, mental, and spiritual well-being of all. His mastery of the mechanisms of life, an outcome of his profound experience of the Self, guides in exploring the subtler dimensions of life.
He brought an end to the war in Vietnam and the civil unrest in America. He was also partly responsible for bringing China into the international community and reducing tensions in the Superpower standoff between the USA and the USSR with the SALT initiative. However, his downfall came with Watergate, where he made a costly mistake of trying to prevent people from discovering the incident but he always maintained that it was a mistake of the heart and not the head, and that he never profited from his mistakes. After a long struggle, throughout his life and career, he decided to resign from office, so the country could heal and move on.
Srila Prabhupada was genuinely interested in the well being of all the living entities. Such was his compassion that even on his death bed he was only concerned to save all the people from sufferings and miseries. His humility, compassion, vision, determination, endurance, patience, enthusiasm and all the most important love towards all the children of God is unmatchable and would remain so. He did what big big organizations like UN could also not do, he built a home in which all of Gods children could live peacefully and happily.
He should be kept on, top list because what he did nobody could do in the entire history. He brought whole world under one roof that Lord Krishna is, God and we His children... Jai prabhupada
He is one of the true spiritual guru who had spread the krishna consciousness across the globe without any boundaries and explained the whole world about the Krishna and his Bhakti..
The best person ever knownV 12 Comments
He brought long term peace and modernization to the poor country of Ethiopia, He unified Africa by being instrumental in the establishment of the Organization of African Unity. He was a respected statesman around the world. May his soul rest in peace.
He was one of the greatest leaders in Ethiopian history. He had achieved so many goals which were targeted by him and by other previous kings.
Why not u put his beauty and majesty pic?
Who would have thought that the tea-seller would serve India becoming its Prime Minister? He is the man who is vibrant, visionary, vigorous, valid and what not? He has made Indians once again realised that India is the best! Ya! He deserve to be at the top!
Whole world can see the influence of Modi! Modi!
He's the best leader in the world
Should be on topV 3 Comments
""The most complete human being of our age" - Jean-Paul Sartre
President of the United States 1913-1921. Entered WW1 on the side of allies and influenced the result of the war. Mastermind of U.N. Wilson principles.
Swedish Prime Minister 1969-1976 and the leader of the Social Democrat party until his assasination in 1986, A pivotal, renowned, and polarizing figure domestically as well as in international politics since the 1960s, Palme was steadfast in his non-alignment policy towards the superpowers, juxtaposed to support of numerous third world liberation movements following the process of decolonization including, most controversially, economic and vocal support for a number of dictatorial Third World governments.
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