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The Most Important Leaders In World History

For good or for bad, our leaders can be powerful forces for change in the world. But who are the most impaction people to ever hold prominent positions of power? This is a list of the most important and influential leaders in the history of the world. Who are the most important world leaders? Anyone can vote on this definitive list of the men and women who shaped our civilization – for better or worse – making it a collaborative list of the greatest leaders of all time.

Visionaries, pragmatists, conquerors, and humanitarians (of all physical sizes) share this list. Rank these famous world leaders in terms of importance and add anyone you see missing. But remember: the most influential leaders (those who changed the face of world politics and forever altered their own countries) weren't necessarily good leaders. Some famous conquerors changed the world but let destruction in their wake. Others actually worked for the good of their people and became the great leaders in history.

So, who are the historical leaders that left their permanent mark (for good or bad)? Find out below!

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  • Jesus Christ
    1
  • Winston Churchill
    2
  • Julius Caesar
    3
  • Hazrat Muhammad
    4
  • Albert Einstein
    5
  • Nelson Mandela
    6
  • Genghis Khan
    7
  • Mahatma Gandhi
    8
  • Abraham Lincoln
    9
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    11
  • Galileo Galilei
    12
  • Alexander The Great
    13
  • Augustus Caesar
    14
  • Socrates
    16
  • Moses
    17
  • Attila the Hun
    18
  • Sultan Mehmed II
    19
  • Buddha
    20
  • Aristotle
    21
  • Benjamin Franklin
    24
  • Plato
    25