Bad Leaders - Some Examples

We have listed below around a hundred Bad Leaders and we will add more in future. This is a small proportion of the thousands who could easily have been included here. 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. Trump in the USA is near the top of most of the world's citizens choice for current worst leader and our assessment of him is here.

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 their own people but they have been oppressing, impoverishing and even wiping out people in other places (for example through state colonialism, corporate exploitation, military actions, genocide, ethnic cleansing, etc). None of these people should be role models for any future leaders.

The list below is focused mainly on political leadership rather than corporate leaders, religious leaders or other bad leaders - we will include 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 and some not.

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 investigate them further if you wish.
Adolf Hitler (Germany)

Benito Mussolini (Italy)

Francisco Franco (Spain)

Pol Pot (Cambodia)

Idi Amin (Uganda)

Emperor Nicholas II (Russia)

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)

Ramzan Akhmadovich Kadyrov (Chechen Republic)

Osama Bin Laden (al-Qaeda)

Richard Nixon (USA)

Ronald Reagan (USA)

George HW Bush (USA)

George W Bush (USA)

Dick Cheney (USA)

Donald Trump (USA)

Mao Ze Dong (China)

Chiang Kai-shek (China)

Omar al-Bashir (Sudan)

Saddam Hussein (Iraq)

King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (Saudi Arabia)

General Ratko Mladic (Serbia)

Slobodan Milosevic (Serbia)

Nikolas Caeucescu (Romania)

Joseph Kony (Lord’s Resistance Army)

Hissene Habri (Chad)

P W Botha (South Africa)

Jacob Zuma (South Africa)

Muammar Gaddhafi (Libya)

Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam)

Margaret Thatcher (United Kingdom)

Tony Blair (United Kingdom)

Hafez al-Assad (Syria)

Bashar al-Assad (Syria)

Pierre Nkurunziza (Burundi)

Foday Sankoh (Sierra Leone)

Charles Taylor (Liberia)

Ante Pavelic (Croatia)

Yahya Khan (Pakistan)

Mullah Omar (Afghanistan)

Jonas Savimbi (Angola)

Haji Muhammad Suharto (Indonesia)

Josip Broz Tito (Yugoslavia)

Jean Kambanda (Rwanda)

Michel Micombero (Rwanda)

Kim Jong-il (North Korea)

Kim Il-Sung (North Korea)

Kim Jong-un (North Korea)

King Leopold II (Belgium)

Augusto Pinochet (Chile)

Otto Pérez Molina (Guatemala)

Jacob Zuma (South Africa)

Mohammad Suharto (Indonesia)

Ferdinand Marcos (Phillipines)

Joseph Estrada (Phillipines)

Anastasio Somoza García (Nicaragua)

Luis Somoza Debayle (Nicaragua)

Anastasio Somoza Debayle Somoza (Nicaragua)

José Arnoldo Alemán Lacayo (Nicaragua)

Pavlo Lazarenko (Ukraine)

Alberto Fujimori (Peru)

François "Papa Doc" Duvalier (Haiti)

Jean-Claude Duvalier (Haiti)

Geberal Yakubu Gowon (Nigeria)

General Sani Abacha (Nigeria)

Mobutu Sese Seko (Democratic Republic of the Congo)

Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Turkey)

Robert Mugabe (Zimbabwe)

Koki Hirota (Japan)

Hideki Tojo (Japan)

Emperor Hirohito (Japan)

Kaiser Wilhelm II (Germany)

Erich Honecker (East Germany)

Mengistu Haile Mariam (Ethiopia)

Ismail Enver Pasha (Ottoman Turkey)

Yahya Khan (Pakistan)

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)