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Famous Leaders have some special characteristics which separate them from the crowd. They possess something which captivates people around them and allows for such a great influence that thousands, if not millions of people around the world. We will give you some examples of these special leaders at the bottom of this page, they may not be the most obvious people but if you come on the journey with us you'll see why they have these special characteristics and are such good examples.

What really defines a great leader? We're really explored leadership on our site and if you'd like to know more then read our leadership definition hub which goes into more detail. Great leaders usually have some of the following characteristics...

  • They will/have left a legacy beyond themselves and their lives.
  • Their words are remembered, quoted and still continue to be relevant and cutting edge for generations.
  • They are spoken of and talked about with admiration, sometimes jealousy and their fame which travels greatly.

Of course these characteristics could be said of many people who have influenced others and have left some sort of legacy. The point we're trying to make here is that a famous leader doesn't have to just be Winston Churchill types but can also be grandpa Joe who was a complete legend.

"There is always room for a man of force and he makes room for many. Society is a troop of thinkers and the best heads among them take the best places." Ralph Waldo Emerson

These leaders have a great diversity and although we probably wont be creating biographies of grandpa Joe, we have some really interesting leaders in mind to characterize. We would also love some suggestions or even contributions from our valued visitors! If you'd like to contribute then please contact us through our contact form, but if you'd just like to suggest someone who has had a great impact on your life then use the commenting facility at the bottom of this page.

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."Martin Luther King, Jr.

Leader's Biographies and Characteristics

Martin Luther King Jr: Leadership through Legacy


Martin Luther King Jr has a remarkable legacy in this life and definitely qualifies as a famous leader. I still have one of his most famous speeches on my IPod that I listen to when i'm needing some motivation. His words were powerful and his mission just. Read about his life and leadership characteristics here.

The Martin Luther King Jr Assassination is another great story of the legacy he left in life, while also touching on the prophetic nature that he saw his death coming.

Mahatma Gandhi: Pioneer through Peace


Mahatma Gandhi was truly an inspiration and leader to many. He accomplished a great deal through his difficult life, but the strength he found to influence others in following his ideals stemmed from his belief in peaceful protest and civil action. Read this incredible biography for inspiration and idealism.

Winston Churchill Leadership and Biography

Winston Churchill was known for his courageous leadership through some tough times in war-time Europe. In this biography we focus on the qualities he worked from and outline the specific leadership characteristics which enabled him to succeed.

James Tiberius Kirk

Captain Kirk was the captain of the Enterprise and is our first leadership biography. His iconic leadership style is more well known to an older generation but with the resurgence of the new movie, I have a feeling he will become more apparant in the years to come.

John Stott: The Leader

John Stott was a very famous theologian who lead the evangelical movement and pioneered it's influence. His legacy lives on past his death through his many works published across the world. Come and learn about his life, leadership principles and qualities.

John Maxwell: The Leadership Genius

Maxwell is a great influencer who has taught thousands of leaders across the globe to do better. His knowledge is legendary but the great secret behind this leader is that he loves what he does and has a great level of humility behind it.

Steve Jobs: Brilliance in Innovation

Jobs was the essential innovator in his lifetime. Not only in the technical and computer related fields but across the board. This famous leader lives on today and we can learn a lot of leadership lessons from his life - this article focuses on the positives of his life and career.

Nelson Mandela: The Legacy

Nelson Mandela made a huge impact in the African content throughout his life. He tried to be an example to those who were divided and discontent. The unity and social change that surrounded his legacy will live on for years to come.

In the meantime you might like to learn more about the characteristics of famous leaders.

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