Leadership can come from anywhere. It might be found in a log cabin or it could come from one of the most majestic palaces that have ever been built. Leaders can be found in royalty and it can be found in the most humble of locations. Anyone can become a leader, but these 7 leaders took their opportunity to its full advantage and shaped the modern world.
1. Abraham Lincoln
Lincoln oversaw the United States during the Civil War. He wasn’t the most accomplished politician and was often seen as divisive instead of cohesive. Despite all of this, Lincoln had the courage to do what was right when it counted the most. One of his greatest works was the Emancipation Proclamation, even if some consider it a war time tool. His work led to the elimination of slavery within the US.
2. Nelson Mandela
Leadership doesn’t have to be out in the open to be influential either. Mandela led the fight against apartheid and was jailed for a total of nearly 3 decades, yet those in his country continued to carry on in his name to end segregation preferences. Mandela was eventually elected the leader of his country because of his efforts.
3. Steve Jobs
You don’t have to be a politician to be a world leader. Steve Jobs has a particular knack for technology and that eventually helped him to build one of the most profitable companies that the world has ever seen. He continues to lead others even though he is not with us any more with his dogged desire to always innovate.
4. Joan of Arc
Great leadership doesn’t have to come to a certain age to be influential either. Joan of Arc helped to turn the tide of the Hundred Year’s War against the British government who was suppressing the local population. She was burned at the stake because of her actions, yet her name lives on still today as an example of what great courage in leadership is able to accomplish.
5. Vladimir Putin
Through political maneuvering and consistent influence, Putin has been considered the leader of Russia for nearly a generation. He has brought his country back to nearly where it once was while under Soviet rule and although his tactics are often considered harsh or targeted toward certain social demographics, he has brought stability to a land that was very unstable for several years.
6. Thomas Jefferson
Jefferson might not be one of the most famous people on this list, but his influence in making the US become the world power it is today is undeniable. As President, he expanded US lands more than any other. He helped to reduce the deficits and debts this country had and the value that he brought to the government is still unmatched to this day.
7. John F. Kennedy
Can one series of actions make someone a great leader? It does if what you are attempting to diffuse is a nuclear war. With the Cuban Missile Crisis under his watch, many Americans believed that at the height of tensions, they were going to be dead by the end of the weekend. Loved ones said goodbye to each other. Yet nothing happened because of the work that JFK and his team put into the process of removing the tension so that everyone came out of the situation as a winner.