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Thread: Nominate 20 greatest leaders (political or military) in history

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    Golda Meir
    King Solomon
    King David
    Pandit Nehru
    Nelson Mandela
    Alexander the Great
    Catherine the Great
    Ivan the Terrible
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    Bishop Desmond Tutu
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peguy View Post
    Rommel wasn't a Nazi.
    Yeah my bad.. Sorry about that

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    Lycurgus of Sparta
    Propably non-existent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Litvyak View Post
    Propably non-existent.
    Even if true, irrelevant for our purposes here.

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    Ron Paul
    Sous-Commandant Marcos
    Pancho Villa
    Hernan Cortez
    Bertrand Du Guesclin
    Robin Hood
    Jefferson Davis
    Margaret Thatcher
    Silvio Berlusconi
    Cardinal de Richelieu
    Amin Dada
    Yasser Arafat
    Usama Bin Laden
    Ronald Reagan
    Arnold Sharzenneger
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    Here's some that come to me off the top of my head:

    Alexander the Great
    Cyrus the Great
    Jesus Christ
    Ghengis Khan
    Martin Luther
    Roger Williams
    George Washington
    Abraham Lincoln
    John D Rockefellar
    Thomas Edison
    Winston Churchill
    Susan B Anthony
    Martin Luther King Jr.
    Nelson Mandela
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicodemus View Post
    So Walter Cronkite was once the leader of the US?
    Sort of. Didn't Nixon say he knew he'd lost the American people on Vietnam when he lost Cronkite?
    Does he want a pillow for his head?

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    dude, where are all the asian leaders?
    The fear of poverty turns people into slaves of money.

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    I've been thinking about leadership.

    To me where a leader lead people is as important as whether or not people followed. So I wouldn't put Hitler down as a great leader.

    I also believe there are leaders in many different spheres of I don't just consider political and military leaders ...I include philosophers, scientists, business people, and others. (So I broke the rules a bit :P, I don't know military history)

    I am not much of a history buff, so I favor more recent examples.

    1. Mohandas Gandhi (Indian spiritual leader, famous for Satyagraha--a form on non-violent resistance based on having the moral imperative on your side)
    2. Martin Luther King (U.S. Civil Rights and spiritual leader who used similar non-violent means)
    3. Muhammad Yunus (Founder of Grameen Bank, famous for micro-lending)
    4. Nelson Mandela (First South African President to be elected in a fully representative democratic election)
    5. Benazir Bhutto (Former Prime Minister of Pakistan and advocate for democracy there)
    6. Albert Einstein (Thought leader in Physics during the early 1900s)
    7. Marie Curie (Physicist and Chemist, Pioneer in radioactivity)
    8. George Washington (Great U.S. General and 1st U.S. President)
    9. Lao Tzu ("Father" of Taoism and often quoted for his wisdom)
    10. Jesus Christ (Founder of Christianity and believed to be God in human form)
    11. Vince Lombardi (American Football Coach and visionary)
    12. Leonardo da Vinci (Italian Polymath known for his Art and thoughts in general)
    13. Adam Smith (Scottish Moral Philosopher and founder of modern economics)
    14. Samuel Langhorne Clemens, "Mark Twain" (American humorist, social critic, and thought leader)
    15. Garry Kasparov (Russian Chess Grandmaster, often considered the best of all time--chess at that level involves leading a team of GMs in preparation for matches, also a writer and political activist)
    16. Samuel M. Walton (Founder of Wal-Mart, often named the world's greatest business leader)
    17. Gordon Moore (Founder of Intel, and responsible for Moore's Law--the self-fulfilling prophecy the powers the information age)
    18. Paul Erdős (Prolific Hungarian born Mathematician, known for his collaborative style of work, and responsible for posing many unsolved problems)
    19. William Edwards Deming (American statistician and consultant responsible for bringing quality control to Japan...the methods eventually spreading throughout the world)
    20. Mother Teresa (Albanian born nun who founded Missionaries of Charity, responsible for bringing a great deal of aid to the poor, sick, orphaned, and dying throughout India)

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