Bad Leaders - Some Examples

1. We have listed below around a hundred examples of Bad Leaders and we will certainly be adding more in future. Our purpose is not to list every bad leader - that would be a very long list. Our purpose here is simply to illustrate the problem and perhaps remind you of some bad leaders that you already know, or have heard about. The hundred listed below are just a small proportion of the thousands who could easily be included here.

2. A 'Bad Leader' in our view is someone who has sustained or worsened the Global Concerns we highlight here on Red Line Art Works. They may have worsened these concerns in only one part of one country, or in a wider region, or across the whole world. Some Bad Leaders have been regarded highly among some of their own people - even while they have been oppressing, impoverishing or killing people in their own countries or in other places (for example through state oppression, structural violence (in its many forms), colonialism, corporate exploitation, military actions, genocide, ethnic cleansing, etc). None of these leaders should be role models for any future leaders.

3. In addition, all of these Bad Leaders have had hundreds (or thousands) of enablers, collaborators and supporters and these too are part of the Bad Leader problem. Some of these Bad Leaders are dead and some still living. The repulsive Trump in the USA may be near the top of many of the world's citizens choice for current worst leader and our assessment of him is here.

4. The list below is focused mainly on political leaders rather than corporate leaders, religious leaders or other bad leaders - we will include some of them in due course. Among the leaders listed below you will find some with capitalist, communist and a variety of other political complexions. You will also find : Politicians, ethnic leaders, military officers, monarchs, emperors, fascist dictators, economically exploitative leaders and many others. They cover a wide range of types and descriptions and have committed just about every one of the worst crimes and misdemeanours you can image - and more that you probably cannot imagine. Included on this list are many psychopaths, sociopaths and deadly criminal characters - some have been convicted by Courts but many have not.

5. Some of these names are infamous worldwide and all of them should be. There are also probably at least a few names here that you don't know. Why not pick a few that you don't know and use your favourite Search Engine to find out more about them. Most have profiles on Wikipedia, for instance, where you can start to investigate them further if you wish.


Note : We welcome your suggestions of Bad Leaders to be added to this list. Please send us names and some details or Links to the evidence of their wrongdoing.
Adolf Hitler (Germany)

Benito Mussolini (Italy)

Francisco Franco (Spain)

Vladimir Lenin (Soviet Union)

Jozef Stalin (Soviet Union)

Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev (Soviet Union)

Nikita Khrushchev (Soviet Union)

Yuri Andropov (Soviet Union)

Boris Yeltsin (Russian Federation)

Vladimir Putin (Russia)

Alexander Lukashenko (Belarus)

Richard Nixon (USA)

Henry Kissinger (USA)

Ronald Reagan (USA)

George HW Bush (USA)

George W Bush (USA)

Donald Rumsfeld (USA)

Dick Cheney (USA)

Donald Trump (USA)

Margaret Thatcher (United Kingdom)

Tony Blair (United Kingdom)

Nicolas Sarkozy (France)

Mao Ze Dong (China)

Chiang Kai-shek (China)

Pol Pot (Cambodia)

Idi Amin (Uganda)

Ramzan Akhmadovich Kadyrov (Chechen Republic)

P W Botha (South Africa)

Jacob Zuma (South Africa)

Muammar Gaddhafi (Libya)

Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam)

Ilham Aliyev (Azerbaijan)

Osama Bin Laden (al-Qaeda)

Omar al-Bashir (Sudan)

Saddam Hussein (Iraq)

King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (Saudi Arabia)

Benjamin Netanyahu (Israel)

Josip Broz Tito (Yugoslavia)

Slobodan Miloševic (Yugoslavia)

Radovan Karadžic (Serbia)

General Ratko Mladic (Serbia)

Nikolas Caeucescu (Romania)

Traian Basescu (Romania)

Viktor Orbán (Hungary)

Joseph Kony (Lord’s Resistance Army)

Hissene Habri (Chad)

Uhuru Kenyatta (Kenya)

William Ruto (Kenya)

Hafez al-Assad (Syria)

Bashar al-Assad (Syria)

Silvio Berlusconi (Italy)

Pierre Nkurunziza (Burundi)

Foday Sankoh (Sierra Leone)

Charles Taylor (Liberia)

Ante Pavelic (Croatia)

Yahya Khan (Pakistan)

General Zia-ul Haq (Pakistan)

General Pervez Musharraf (Pakistan)

Nawaz Sharif (Pakistan)

Mullah Omar (Afghanistan)

Jonas Savimbi (Angola)

Haji Muhammad Suharto (Indonesia)

Najib Tun Razak (Malaysia)

Jean Kambanda (Rwanda)

Michel Micombero (Rwanda)

Kim Jong-il (North Korea)

Kim Il-Sung (North Korea)

Kim Jong-un (North Korea)

Park Geun-hye (South Korea)

Augusto Pinochet (Chile)

Ferdinand Marcos (Phillipines)

Joseph Estrada (Phillipines)

Anastasio Somoza García (Nicaragua)

Luis Somoza Debayle (Nicaragua)

Anastasio Debayle Somoza (Nicaragua)

José Arnoldo Alemán Lacayo (Nicaragua)

Nicolás Maduro Moros (Venezuela)

Álvaro Colom (Guatemala)

Otto Pérez Molina (Guatemala)

Jimmy Morales (Guatemala)

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (Brazil)

Maumoon Abdul Gayoom (Republic of Maldives)

Abdulla Yameen (Republic of Maldives)

Pavlo Lazarenko (Ukraine)

Alberto Fujimori (Peru)

François "Papa Doc" Duvalier (Haiti)

Jean-Claude Duvalier (Haiti)

General Yakubu "Jack" Gowon (Nigeria)

General Sani Abacha (Nigeria)

Mobutu Sese Seko (Democratic Republic of the Congo)

Joseph Kabila (Democratic Republic of the Congo)

Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Turkey)

Abdel Fattah el-Sisi (Egypt)

Robert Mugabe (Zimbabwe)

Koki Hirota (Japan)

Hideki Tojo (Japan)

Emperor Hirohito (Japan)

Erich Honecker (East Germany)

Mengistu Haile Mariam (Ethiopia)

Isaias Afwerki (Eritrea)

Ismail Enver Pasha (Ottoman Turkey)

Enver Hoxha (Albania)

Leopoldo Galtieri (Argentina)

António de Oliveira Salaza (Portugal)

Manuel Noriega (Panama)

Mubarak Mohammed al-Otaibi (ISIS)

Abdul Qadir Mumin (ISIS)

Abu Habib al-Libi (ISIS)

Muhammad Sholeh Ibrahim (ISIS)

Abu Bilal al-Harbi (ISIS)