Before indulging into this article we have to understand the basic concept of politician and political leader. Directly speaking, the term politician refers to the person who is professionally involved in politics, especially as a holder of an elected office. Yet the genuine concept of political leader varies from this concept in the sense that a true political leader is one who always works for the welfare of the public, who is responsible for the well-being of his community, peace of his country. The most exceptional leader the World has ever seen. First, black president of South Africa Nelson Mandela aptly put forward the concept saying “Real leaders must be ready to sacrifice all for the freedom of their people.
Keeping that in mind, we can now glance to the list of World’s top six most influential political leaders till now.
Mohammad Bin Salman is the current king of Saudi Arabia. He took the throne after the passing of his half-brother. King Salman holds a lot of power and influence across the Middle East along with his nation’s impressive oil reserves. Still with oil at historically low prices, Saudi Arabia, the World’s largest oil exporter continues to ramp up production to lower costs and to protect its global market share despite the negative effect it has on the global oil economy.
In a conservative country like Saudi Arabia his effort to put limitations to the power of religious police, his act of removing ban from driving of females and opening cinema halls, publicly allowing music concerts, co-education, the male-female gatherings brought a pleasant wind of freedom to his country.
Going by the name as Narendra Damodardas Modi, he is the 14th India’s prime minister which is the largest democratic country and second-most populous country in the World. He is considered as one of the most powerful politicians in the World. He led his party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the 2014 general election and come to power with a brute majority, completely sweeping out any other opposition. This was never happened since 1984. This alone speaks for his invincible popularity in India. Immediate after he was elected, he primarily focused on the foreign policy of India and visited many countries to seek international support and investment for India. His social reforming ideas like ‘Digital India’, ‘skill India’, ‘Beti Padao Beti Bachao’ have led India into a powerful emerging country in the World. His revolutionary decisions like ‘Demonetization’, ‘Goods and Service Tax’ (GST) were the baby steps to reach his state to an endearing niche.
Xi Jinping is a Chinese politician who is the president of People’s Republic of China (PRC), general secretary of the CPC -Communist Party of China and Chairman of the CMC -Central Military Commission. He is recently declared by his party the ‘Paramount Leader of China’ for life. Due to his utmost devotion to the country’s well-being and his struggle to lift the country up from the jaws of corruption, the largest economy of the World, i.e. china is now in a globally stable position and one of the most powerful economies in the World.
Angela Merkel is the chancellor of Germany since 2005 and also the leader of her party, the Christian Democratic (CDU). With more than ten years and three terms in office under her belt, Angela Merkel is one indispensable and robust leader in Europe. She has faced a ton of challenges throughout her tenure, and she has come out on top. She helped in holding the Eurozone together at the time of the financial collapse as well as the global recession. She stood up as per the President Vladimir Putin, and she also manages Europe’s refugee crisis. In her command, Germany stands above the rest of Europe with a strong economy and low unemployment rates. She has proved to be a stabilizing force amid a lot of turmoil. Many people even compare Angela Markel with famous political writer Nicolo Machiavelli due to her strategic decision-making and for having fundamentally transformed power relations in Europe and the European Union.
The president of the United States is usually considered to be the most powerful person in the free world, even if the person does not have that much experience in politics at all. We can follow the news headlines about Donald Trump. The headlines speak for themselves. Donald Trump became the first billionaire president in the United States. He got his start working for his father Fred, who developed low-cost housing in Brooklyn and Queens. The core of his fortune is tied up in buildings around Manhattan where high-end real estate prices have fallen currently. Now many people, including Americans, refer to Donald Trump as unpredictable. No doubt, he holds a lot of power. He is very influential. But now even Americans are questioning whether or not he is fit for the job as president.
We have reached the number-one spot with Vladimir Putin. He is Russia’s President and former prime minister. In 2015 their approval ratings for Vladimir Putin reached an all-time high of 89.9 percent. After capturing Crimea during the wake of the world-famous Ukrainian revolution, he was determined at resurrecting Russia as a superpower. In annual UN meeting in September of 2015 Putin had criticized Barack to be asserting that the US’s intervention has backfired in the Middle East and shortly after that Vladimir Putin launched the Russian air campaign to target Islamic forces in Syria and weakened rebellion against the country’s president. These airstrikes cost Russia 2.5 million dollars a day, and it quickly escalated a lot of tensions with Western powers. They were like ‘what is going on over there?’. But despite all of that happened, it still does not stop Vladimir Putin from being the most powerful politician in the world today.
To be an active politician, you got to have a certain level of toughness and ability to make wise judgement calls, sometimes with little to no time from thought to action. This, of course, is magnified when we take it to the scale of leading a nation. There is a lot of power that comes with being a world leader, and with power comes responsibility. The political leaders play a critical role in the development of the country, and the whole political system of the country depends upon them. In this light, the politicians mentioned above have led their country to become a more stable and more powerful nation in the World.