If you are fond of history and biographies then you ought to read our list of 25 greatest leaders of all time.
History is filled with extraordinary tales of heroes and villains that resemble fiction stories we like watching so much. In fact, a great deal of these stories or movies and TV shows are based on actual events and feature historical personalities and great leaders. I enjoy watching such shows because it’s an amazing feeling to be able to see those people talk and act considering how we only learn about them from books and documentaries. Some of these leaders are infamous and some of them were amazing, and thanks to these shows and movies, they come to life for a few hours and we get the chance to meet them.
But what does it mean to be a great leader? Is there a specific set of skills that one must possess in order to become a leader, let alone a great one? Well, certainly so. Not anyone can be a leader. It takes a lot more than it may seem to us but when you really think about it, it’s a lot harder. I think it’s pretty safe to say that all great leaders have some personality traits in common. First of all, to be a good leader, one must be a visionary, you must believe you can achieve great things. Not only do good leaders have great ideas and goals but they also possess the analytical skills to develop strategies to achieve those goals. They must be insightful and hard-working as well. But there is so much more than that. Great leaders must have strong personal integrity and willingness to commit to what is the most important. And perhaps above all else, a great leader must know how to inspire people and make them wish to achieve more. They can guide us and instruct us so that we can follow their example and do great things.
The world’s history is filled with conquests and leaders. Some of them are remembered by good and some by bad doings. There were evil leaders who took advantage of their positions and made people miserable. If you like to know more about it, then I suggest reading our list of 30 most evil people in history. On the other hand, there were also leaders that we still cherish and talk about with admiration and respect. Such leaders were truly influential and inspiring and so they became eternal thanks to history books.
Today, we will deal with the latter, the greatest leaders that the world has ever known, and who knows, perhaps this article will inspire some of you into working harder to achieve your goals. I know, I may be over the line here, but you never know what might motivate you. Since there are so many good examples of leaders in the history of the world, our task to narrow the number down to 25 was not an easy one. The way we appreciate their results greatly depends on our personal opinion, the length of their reign and the type of leaders they were since not all of them were rulers. They were revolutionaries, statesmen, and political activists. On Reddit, we found several discussions on this topic and these suggestions inspired our list of greatest leaders. Additionally, we found inspiring discussions on Quora about famous leaders as well as on Universal Class, and we incorporated some of the names mentioned often. We ranked the leaders according to the number of suggestions and we made a list of 25 greatest leaders of all time.