Published: October 22, 2014

this list is about the past leaders who lived their lives in a way to help deliver a group of people or country out of misery opposed by another group.

  1. Nelson Mandela

    No one needs an introduction for this great man. Nelson Mandela was the first democratically elected President of South Africa. He was the leader and the face of the Anti- Apartheid movement and all through his life, he relentlessly fought against racial discrimination. For his actions, he served a long prison sentence but even that did not deter him. He came out as a hero and led the country into a free, equal future. His determination, focus and will-power were tremendous that even after serving almost 30 years in jail, he got out and worked again for what was right.

  2. Mahatma Gandhi


    Born an ordinary boy Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, he later became known as the Father of the Nation or ‘bapu’. Mahatma Gandhi led India against the tyrannical rule of the Britishers. He fought silently and practiced ahinsa or non-violence. He believed and truth and only truth shall prevail and without harming a single soul, he got freedom to India. Civil disobedience movements, boycotts of foreign goods etc is show he showed his resistance towards the British. Eventually, The British left India and Gandhi became the face of the nation. He is, without doubt, one of the greatest leaders to have ever walked the earth.

  3. Martin Luther King Jr.

    It all started with a dream, like it always does. A dream for change and a dream for better tomorrow. Martin Luther King Jr. was an activist and a leader in the civil rights movement of USA. He was also a member of the clergy. He is known for the non-violent ways in which he advanced and led the civil rights movement. He fought for racial equality and showed the people a picture of a better future where all men are equal. Courage, perseverance and  the will to fight for whats right till the very end made him a great leader. He won The Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.

  4. Abraham Lincoln

    t takes a man with a vision to lead a country during it’s bad times. Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of USA, led the country through the US Civil War. He strived hard and did his best to keep the people of the country together or else, today, America would have been many smaller countries instead of one big country. He signed the Emancipation Proclamation, thereby ending slavery in US. He heart ached for the ones for whom he could do not do anything. His conviction, humility, oratory skills made him one of the greatest leaders we have ever had.

  5. Fidel Castro

    Fidel Castro is one of the two faces of the Cuban Revolution which started around the year 1953. He went on to become the President and the Prime Minister of Cuba in the years after the Cuban Revolution. He devised and put into action the entire Cuban Revolution during which he had to face many problems, crisis and also many attempts of assassination. His vision, courage and strategic analytic reasoning has gotten Cuba where it stands today. He has proved to be, over the years, a great leader and a great Commander.


    Kwame Nkrumah,(21 September 1909 – 27 April 1972) was the leader of Ghana and its predecessor state, theGold Coast, from 1951 to 1966. Overseeing the nation's independence from British colonisation in 1957, Nkrumah was the first President of Ghana and the first prime minister of Ghana. An influential 20th-century advocate of Pan-Africanism, he was a founding member of the Organisation of African Unity and was the winner of the Lenin Peace Prizein 1963. He saw himself as an African Lenin.

  7. Muammar al-Gaddafi

    Muammar Muhammad Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi(1942 – 20 October 2011), commonly known as Colonel Gaddafi,was a Libyan revolutionary and politician, and the de facto ruler of Libya for nearly 42 years. Taking power in a 1969 coup d'etat, he ruled as Revolutionary Chairman of the Libyan Arab Republic from 1969 to 1977 and then as the "Brotherly Leader" of the Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya from 1977 to 2011, when he was ousted in the Libyan civil war. After beginning as an Arab nationalist and Arab socialist, he later governed the country according to his own ideology, the Third International Theory. He eventually embraced Pan-Africanism, and served as Chairperson of the African Union from 2009 to 2010.


     born Malcolm Little and also known as El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz was an African-American Muslim minister and a human rights activist. To his admirers he was a courageous advocate for the rights of blacks, a man who indicted white America in the harshest terms for its crimes against black Americans; detractors accused him of preaching racism and violence. He has been called one of the greatest and most influential African Americans in history.

    Malcolm X was effectively orphaned early in life. His father was killed when he was six and his mother was placed in a mental hospital when he was thirteen, after which he lived in a series of foster homes.

    In 1946, at age 20, he went to prison for larceny and breaking and entering. While in prison he became a member of the Nation of Islam, and after his parole in 1952 quickly rose to become one of its leaders. For a dozen years he was the public face of the controversial group; in keeping with the Nation's teachings he espoused black supremacy, advocated the separation of black and white Americans and scoffed at the civil rights movement's emphasis onintegration.

  9. Marcus Garvey

    Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr., ONH (17 August 1887 – 10 June 1940),[1] was a Jamaican political leader, publisher,journalistentrepreneur, and orator who was a staunch proponent of the Black nationalism and Pan-Africanismmovements, to which end he founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League(UNIA-ACL).He founded the Black Star Line, which promoted the return of the African diaspora to their ancestral lands.

    Prior to the twentieth century, leaders such as Prince HallMartin DelanyEdward Wilmot Blyden, and Henry Highland Garnet advocated the involvement of the African diaspora in African affairs. Garvey was unique in advancing a Pan-African philosophy to inspire a global mass movement and economic empowerment focusing on Africa known asGarveyism.Promoted by the UNIA as a movement of African Redemption, Garveyism would eventually inspire others, ranging from the Nation of Islam to the Rastafari movement (which proclaims Garvey as a prophet).

    Garveyism intended persons of African ancestry in the diaspora to "redeem" the nations of Africa and for the Europeancolonial powers to leave the continent. His essential ideas about Africa were stated in an editorial in the Negro World entitled "African Fundamentalism", where he wrote: "Our union must know no clime, boundary, or nationality… to let us hold together under all climes and in every country

  10. Aung San Suu Kyi

    Aung San Suu Kyi, (June 19, 1945-) is a Burmese opposition politician, the 1991 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and the daughter of Aung San, considered to be the father of modern-day Burma. He negotiated the nation's independence from the British Empire in 1947. Since the 1980s, she has led a non-violent resistance against Burma’s repressive military regime – and as a result has spent years under house arrest. In the 1990 general election, her National League for Democracy party won 59 percent of the national vote and 81 percent of the seats in Parliament – but Burma’s military dictators chose to ignore the elections. Although she has remained out of public sight for years, she has led a quiet democratic resistance.


  11. Muhammad

    was a man from Mecca who unifiedArabia into a single religious polity under Islam. Believed by Muslims and Bahá'ís to be a messenger and prophetof God, Muhammad is almost universally Considered by Muslims as the last prophet sent by God to mankind. While non-Muslims regard Muhammad as the founder of Islam,Muslims consider him to have restored the unaltered original monotheistic faith of AdamNoahAbrahamMosesJesus, and other prophets.Muslims discuss Muhammad and other prophets of Islam with reverence, adding the phrasepeace be upon him whenever their names are mentioned.

    Born in about 570 CE in the Arabian city of Mecca, Muhammad was orphaned at an early age; he was raised under the care of his paternal uncle Abu Talib. After his childhood Muhammad primarily worked as a merchant.Occasionally he would retreat to a cave in the mountains for several nights of seclusion and prayer; later, at age 40, he reported at this spot, that he was visited by Gabriel and received his first revelation from God. Three years after this event Muhammad started preaching these revelations publicly, proclaiming that "God is One", that complete "surrender" to Him is the only way acceptable to God, and that he was a prophet and messenger of God, in the same vein as other Islamic prophets

these are great leader i can think of at the moment.Thanks to them for all they went through to better the lives of others