The only person on there that falls under my category IMO is Reagan. The others didn't have to fool people to get them to follow- they only had to inspire them.HAMC8112 said:To a degree yes.
Would you agree that all the people you mentiion were masters when it came to fooling people?
If you ignore the history of apartheid, sure. Were Founding Fathers of the United States terrorists and murderers as well?Take Mandela for example, the man was convicted for hundreds of murders and attempted murders and yet he fooled enough people over time to get the Nobel peace prize.
While sometimes it may be (and I say sometimes) necessary to stretch, I don't agree that fooling people is an integral part of leadership.I am not claiming that fooling people = leading. It is however part of it and more to the point, of all the "great" leaders we have had in history, a lot of them were indeed masters in fooling people. This is not restricted to politicians, great painters and architects, artists are included when i say leaders. People that lead the way in every field thinkable.