As of 2014, Pope Francis, Angela Merkel and Alan Mulally are some important leaders in the world. Other important leaders include Warren Buffett, Bill Clinton and Aung San Suu Kyi.
Pope Francis is the spiritual leader of over one billion Roman Catholics throughout the world. Many non-Catholics also admire Pope Francis for his willingness to set a new direction. He has refused to live in the palatial papal apartments and refrained from judging the church’s gay members. He also washed female Muslim prisoners’ feet.
Angela Merkel plays an instrumental role in the management of Europe's debt crisis.
Alan Mulally, the CEO of Ford Motor Company, saved the company by changing Ford’s risk-averse culture.
Warren Buffett is the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. He uses a hands-off style to encourage managers to achieve extraordinary results. Many people around the world use his acumen to make decisions in various areas including taxation, philanthropy and management.
Bill Clinton supports many causes including the fight against malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis. He established the Clinton Global Initiative in his efforts to persuade billionaires and state leaders to advocate for specific projects.
Aung San Suu Kyi is a Nobel Prize winner. She gave up her freedom and a life with her relatives in the United Kingdom to combat military rule in Burma. She was under house arrest for almost two decades. Upon her release, she continued to support her political party.