Charismatic leaders have come to change the world in a wide variety of ways. These leaders are charming, engaging, and inspire others to join their team through the strength of their personality. A few words from these leaders can inspire hard work, a revolution, or the opportunity for everyone to become great in their own way. Here are some of the world’s most famous charismatic leaders to consider.
1. Eva Peron
Most people know of Eva Peron through Evita, which was a Broadway play and eventual movie about her live. She was an actress that had some moderate success, but her life would change with her relationship with Juan Peron, who was a government official and colonel. The year that the couple got married was the year Juan became President of Argentina. She supported women’s suffrage while serving as the head of ministries for health and labor. She had a deep connection to those in poverty and this caused a division in her land. She died at the age of just 33 because of cancer, but changed the world for many.
2. Napoleon Bonaparte
Napoleon was not a tall man. He was often mocked because he didn’t speak “proper” French. In his leadership style, he was fearlessly aggressive. His charismatic leadership style often inspired great loyalty in everyone around him. By the age of 34, he was ruling France as Emperor. What Napoleon did well with his charisma was to understand the needs of those with whom he worked. When those he conquered paid gold or silver, he handed out the funds to the soldiers.
3. Cesar Chavez
Whether someone agreed with his pro-union stance or not, it was impossible not to see the passion that Chavez had about his pursuits. It came out with every word and this level of charisma helped to bring about many to his cause. Pursuing equal rights for farm workers and civil rights, his vision helped bring about better working conditions for those who tended to work seasonal jobs.
4. Aung San Suu Kyi
Held in capitivity in Myanmar for almost 20 years, Aung San Suu Kyi was the daughter of the founder of the Independence Army for Burma. Her father had negotiated Burmese independence from Britain and was later assassinated for his efforts. For a long time, Aung San Suu Kyi was happy to live a simple life with her husband in England, but after returning home to care for her mother, worked with the pro-democracy movement. Her party won the 1990 elections, but the ruling party overthrew the results and jailed her.
5. Malcolm X
Just because you have a charismatic leadership style doesn’t mean you’re going to have an easier life. That is certainly the case for Malcolm X, who had a life that was incredibly turbulent. With a murdered father due to racism and time to read and self-educate, his calls were for an independent nation at virtually any cost. After becoming disenfranchised with the Nation of Islam, an American version of the Muslim faith, Malcolm X journeyed to Mecca, became less angry, and eventually more inclusive.