Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Inspirational Leaders

"If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. But if we fall, then the whole world, including the United States, including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the lights of perverted science."
- Winston Churchill.
  • Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965) Prime Minister of Great Britain during Second World War. Churchill embodied courage, resolve and absolute determination to fight against the very powerful Nazi regime when they had conquered most of Europe.
  • Mikhail Gorbachev (1931 - ) Leader of Soviet Union who oversaw the transition from Communism in Eastern Europe. Gorbachev was an inspirational leader because he was willing to change a system that wasn't working. Gorbachev didn't seek to hold onto power, but move the country in a way which helped promote democracy and end of the cold war.
  • Martin Luther King (1929 - 1968) Non-violent civil rights leader
  • Nelson Mandela (1918 - ) Anti-apartheid leader. Nelson Mandela was an inspirational leader because he endured many decades of injustice without becoming bitter and seeking retribution. On becoming President of a democratic South Africa, he sought to promote reconciliation with the white population that had previously kept him in jail for many years. His leadership helped keep the country together.
  • Woodrow Wilson (1856 – 1924)- President of US during WWI. Woodrow Wilson sought to keep the US out of the First World War. But, finally felt America needed to fight. After the war, Wilson had the vision for an international League of Nations which would come together to resolve conflict peacefully.
  • George Washington (1732 –, 1799 - 1st President of US. The undoubted figurehead of the newly independent nation of the United States.
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt(1882 - 1945) US President 1932-1945. Led his country through the Great Depression and then through the Second World War.
  • Charles de Gaulle (1890- 1970) French leader who offered French opposition to the Nazi occupation.
  • Abraham Lincoln (1809 – 1865) President of US during the civil war. Strove to keep the nation united and helped end slavery.
  • Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948) - Indian nationalist and politician. Through non-violent opposition and protest, he helped gain Indian independence. Sought to unite different religious groups in India through appreciating the best in different Indian religions.
  • John F. Kennedy (1917 – 1963) - US President
  • Jesus Christ (c.5BC - 30AD) Not a conventional leader, but sought to inspire his fellow men through offering a gospel of love and forgiveness.
  • Thomas Jefferson (1743- 1826) 3rd President of US. Principle author of Declaration of Independence.

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