Most Influential Leaders of the 20th Century
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
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 accepted as by all of the leaders, the greatest person in the 20th century. He also created a great nation, and a great republic (Turkish Republic). He also invented new geometry and science terms.
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)
Worst leader, worst politician, worst person who ever existed and the coward killed himself.
Hitler was a terrible human being, but his actions have had large effects on the world. I think he's the most referred and among the most studied individuals of the 20th Century and his story before and during his reign in Nazi Germany has paved the way for understanding and studying dictatorship.
Also, while he was bad inherently, he was a very good politician with excellent leadership and understanding of politics and economics. I think he could have been an inspirational man, had it not been for the actions and moral path he took.
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
It is unbelievable that such personality ever exist in the world
He fought for peace and non-violence
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 was irascible, opinionated, and wanted to keep the Empire together.
He was also probably the best informed, prolific author and speech writer of all time. I have little doubt that he helped save Western Europe from the clutches of Communism and did well to influence America to join him in the crusade against Hitler and Tojo.
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
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.
Perhaps not the most influential, but surely the most proper man and a pity that he was still influential
He is a great leader of not only the Soviet Union and also the best leader of the national communism movement. His success inspired leaders and people in numerous different countries to rise up against the autocratic leaders.
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"
This guy was Hitlers nightmare, he transformed Russia from a weak agricultural nation to a industrial superpower and even though he did kill millions (more than Hitler) he made the Soviet Ruble worth more than a US dollar and employment was guaranteed, free health care, injured worker were guaranteed pay and the state regulated food prices and many more.
Clearly the best President the United States had in the 30s till the mid-40s. His economic strategies were the cause of the US getting out of the Great Depression. He made America into a superpower except he was similar to Woodrow Wilson because he did declare WW1 and for FDR he did it for WW2. He is clearly flawed, especially he introduced Japanese Internment camps where people of Japanese descent were forced to undergo heavy scrutiny. FDR's legacy remains to be unpopular but important.
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) )
He is unarguably the most influential and intelligent leader of the 20th century as he showed the entire world that Socialism was not a utopia claimed by many.
Great leader for peace. Even with those who persecuted him. Excellent example for mankind
He rocks. he is so infleuental and insparational
THANK YOU NELSON MANDELA!
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
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.
Of course he was a great man, his influence over the modern societies is yet to be known
He was the man with a great vision. He could imagine the world even before 10 years.
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.
He was the only one who changed the map of the world.He was a great Lawyer,Politician and future awareded person
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..
An enigmatic personality, brilliant and humble. He could have served into other nations for his betterment or could have converted to islam or christianity to gain political influence and power (considering the pre-independent India), but he chose only to strive for his community people and also the low level communities in hindu society. He even made reforms in the consitution to benefit every strata of the Indian society protecting the harmony and integrity of India.
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.
Living proof that we can do better, viva revolution
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.
The buck stopped with Harry
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 great unifier of all cultures, races, and religious beliefs.
Just wanted his people to be happy and free. No matter their leader, he re-introduced elections, which he lost. He ended the Cold War too.
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 Prize for it. Without him, Germany wouldn't been reunited in 1990.
The man who changed the world
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!
With Thatcher and Gorbachev, led the way to a reunified Germany... Also restored America's stature in the world, both economically and politically.
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.
Most Powerful woman that ever lived! Let you be the judge of her time in office whether it was for the better or worse but nobody can deny that she was a fantastic symbol for a country in decline!
He changed China, though people are not rich at that time, they were happy.
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.
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 RIDERS
He is responsible for the spectacular rise of China in the world stage
He changed China, economy boosted after he took place.
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.
Founder of the UAE, eradicated much of the poverty and helped transform the country to a landmark of opportunities.
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.