Over thousands of years of human history, the world has seen a number of great leaders come and go. The world is a living, breathing entity where change happens every day. Life goes on and seems normal, but people are born and people die every day. Sometimes those who are born have a special talent for leading others. Here is a look at 7 examples of great leadership throughout history.
1. Alexander the Great
Alexander is considered the only leader to have conquered the entire world. He’s often considered one of the greatest military minds of all time. By the time he was just 33, he had the largest empire in the world. No one was able to defeat him in battle and the only reason why he died was because he couldn’t recover from malaria.
2. Winston Churchill
It is in the face of great adversity that people will show their true colors. Churchill was a very emotional man, but he was able to use those emotions to inspire others to great things. He was thoroughly devoted to the country that he loved and his stubborn determination helped to inspire the Allied forces to an eventual victory in World War II.
Franklin Roosevelt is the only US President elected to four consecutive terms in office and this happened even though he was confined to a wheelchair at the age of 29. He guided the country through the depths of despair in the Great Depression and guided the country into a new rise of power through the rise of war. He had a keen desire to keep learning and loved politics, which made him an effective leader.
4. Adolf Hitler
Great leaders can inspire men to do evil just as they can inspire them to do well. Hitler is one of the most despised names in history, but his leadership helped bring Germany out of the debt and destruction of World War I to become a world leader once again. He could persuade through speech and his military strategies almost gave him complete control of Europe.
5. George Washington
Washington is still one of the greatest leaders the US has ever had. Not only was he the country’s first President, but he helped lead the Revolution and created the foundation of the US through his vision to see liberty reign over the land. He was steadfast in his morals and vision, yet could make a tough decision when circumstances called for it.
6. Martin Luther King, Jr.
He was considered an activist, but MLK was a reluctant face of change for civil rights. He knew someone needed to take up the mantle with courage, however, so that’s what he did. He wanted the movement to be non-violent and he advanced change through idealism and perseverance.
Being called the “Father of a Nation” as a boy born to an ordinary family is a great accomplishment. Gandhi led his country against the British ruling party through peaceful resistance. He believed that truth would always prevail and he showed others that resisting didn’t mean that one was forced to harm others.