A survey of more than 1,000 business executives for the Leaders in London conference has revealed the top 10 leaders of all time:
- Winston Churchill – In charge of winning the Second World War.
“Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”
- Gandhi – Led the struggle for Indian independence and is known as the Father of the Nation.
“People tend to forget their duties but remember their rights.”
- Nelson Mandela – Changed the course of South Africa and brought down Apartheid with his diplomacy.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
- Jesus – Leading light in the Christian faith.
“Do unto others as you would have done unto you.”
- Martin Luther King – Leading figure in the US civil rights movement and forerunner of the diversity policies HR is still fighting to implement.
“All labour that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”
- Alexander The Great – Limitless ambition and ended up ruling most of the known world.
“Remember upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all.”
- Bill Clinton – During his presidency the US enjoyed more peace and economic well-being than at any time in its history.
“In the new economy, information, education and motivation are everything.”
- Margaret Thatcher – The Iron Lady was born to a shopkeeper in Grantham. She rose to become the first female prime minister and reshaped almost every aspect of British politics.
“I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.”
- Napoleon Bonaparte – Another leader with incredible ambition. Attempted to conquer Europe and Russia.
“Ten people who speak make more noise than 10,000 who are silent.”
- Abraham Lincoln – The 16th President of the US who led his country through the Civil War and was a leading abolitionist.
“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”