Military leadership is often considered one of the few places where people show others who they really are. Great leaders can come from any background, but they have one thing in common: the ability to motivate others in order to change the world. Here are 7 examples of famous military leaders who transformed the world in their own way.
1. Alexander the Great
Nothing makes you a famous military leader more than being undefeated. Alexander conquered the known world, even if he was eventually unable to conquer malaria. He was able to unite the Greek States and his empire stretched from the Ionian Sea to India before he was done.
2. Dwight Eisenhower
Eisenhower is one of the most recognizable names in US military history because he is one of the few modern 5 star generals. He was the Supreme Allied Commander for the invasion of Europe when it was occupied. Part of his job in World War II was to oversee the invasion of Northern Africa as well. Eisenhower also became the first Supreme Commander for NATO after the war was over as well.
Napoleon ruled France for about a decade and was able to sweep his influence across almost all of Europe before finally being defeated. What is remarkable about his military leadership was that most of the time, his forces were outnumbered, sometimes vastly. Much of united Europe is because of Napoleon, either because of his conquering work or because of uprising resistance to what he was doing.
4. Genghis Khan
The Mongols were considered unstoppable for a time and were one of the most feared groups in the world in the late 12th and early 13th century. Khan was able to conquer China and Mongolia and from there he built an Empire that went as far as Central Europe.
Constantine was one of the later rulers of Rome who became famous because he realized how powerful a motivator that Christianity could be in the ancient world. He was able to stop the civil wars that were happening within the Empire at the time and even began consolidating the world after defeating four major population groups that were rising up against him.
6. George Washington
Despite being at a tremendous disadvantage, Washington led American forces against the British to an eventual victory. He changed the style of warfare to work in guerrilla tactics instead of marching in line formation and the change was just too much for the Redcoats. He then inspired others to great things in becoming the new country’s first President.
Saladin was the leader of the Muslim tribes during the period of the Crusades. He fought fiercely, but was also willing to be generous with his enemies. Under his leadership, the territories of Islam became united and they were eventually able to drive out those who were taking lands in the name of Christianity. He was respected even as an enemy because of his knowledge, insight, and military leadership.