10 Enlightened and Creative Leaders History has Forgotten

Great leadership is not written in stone. It is often a silent code within. Take these ten forgotten leaders, who helped to shape our present world beyond recognition. And for those who seek the powers of true leadership, seek no further then within yourself, like the souls listed below. A good start indeed for anyone interested in becoming the best leader they can possibly be. So here it is. The Ten Most Enlightened and Creative Leaders History has Forgotten.

  1. enheduannapoetleader
    Enheduanna: According to Ancient.eu, she was the daughter of Sargon the Great, king of Akkad; and is the first author in history known by name [1]. She wrote hymns and composed the earliest known attempts at musical composition. Ancient.eu also points out the fact that her father entrusted her with the responsibility over the most powerful temple in his kingdom. In fact, seven years ago, when I first came across Enheduanna in historical texts, the only thing known about her was that her name was also probably the first pen name in history; and that she lived around 2285-2250 BCE. Now it seems, shes one of the most important figures in the history of literature and music.
  2. Imhotep: According to brittanica.com, he was a vizier, sage, architect, astrologer and chief minister to Djoser between 2630 and 2611 [2]. Besides being one of histories first Renaissance Men, Imhotep would later rise to the status of Egyptian God of Medicine. And, all of this, from a man who was said to be born without Royal blood. It takes great leadership to be placed on the level of the king, and great wisdom to raise even higher to that of a god.
  3. Pythagoras*: iep.upm.edu, or the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, says that he was a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher who was one part into mathematics and science; and the other half mystic teacher [3]. Little is known about the historical Pythagoras, but the impact of his Universities, the first in mainland Europe, and the invention of Philosophy, a term coined by Pythagoras, and his innovations in the fields of mathematics, had a lasting impact on the direction of Greek Education and leadership for thousands of years.    hildegardofbingen
  4. Hildegarde of Bingen: According to the website, fransicianmedia.org, she was an “Abbess, artist, author, composer, mystic, pharmacist, poet, preacher, theologian”[4]. She lived between 1098 & 1179. The Franciscan Media article also points out how she designed features to the Abby she founded in Bingen which included things like indoor plumbing.  One of the worlds greatest leaders and genius of all time..
  5. Sir. Thomas Moore: Biography.com says that Thomas Moore was a Philosopher, Journalist, Saint and Lawyer who was martyred for his refusal to accept King Henry the VIII as the head of the Church of England [5]. However, he also wrote the travel story Utopia, and was the first to use this now common term. He also fought heavily for human rights and was a key leader in Theo-Humanitarianism, that saw religion as an individual choice.
  6. Sir. Francois Bacon*: Bio.com states that he was an English Scientist and Lawyer who lived between 1561 and 1626 [6]. He was also a high priest of the English sector of Rosicrucianism; and wrote the travel story, New Atlantis.
  7. Johannes von Gothe*: According to online-literature.com, Goethe was a “German poet, playwright, novelist, and natural philosopher” [7] He is best known for his adaptation of the Faust legend. However, he was also an original member of the Illuminati; and the foundation behind Rudolph Steiner’s Goethean Science. What makes him a leader is how he used his celebrity status to advance human knowledge with a lasting impression that rivals that of any of his more recognized peers.
  8. Rudolph Steiner: The Rudolf Steiner Archive at rsarchive.org, gives a brief description of his literary career and achievements [8]. But he was more than just a author of spiritual science, Steiner was also an architect, artist and mastermind behind systems of agriculture, education and more. He also founded Anthropsphy. He lived between 1861 and 1925. His leadership skills come to play throughout his long career as a lecturer, spiritual teacher and as a religious organizer.
  9. Manly P. Hall*: The Manly P. Hall archive at manlyphall.org says that he was a Canadian Born author and mystic who lived between 1901 and 1900 [9]. He was a high ranking member of Free Masons and considered one of the greatest Masonic historians, who wrote his massive Sacred Teaching of All Ages at the age of 28. He also started the Theosophy Organization. His leadership can be seen, like Stiener, as an Ivy league professor, lecturer and high priest of the many secret organizations and mystery schools he belonged too. aug12blatvasky
  10. Madame Blavatsky*: The website Crystalinks.com says that, “Helena Petrovna Blavatsky was a Russian occultist, spirit medium, and author who co-founded the Theosophical Society in 1875”. You could say she, along with Aliester Crowley, began the Spiritualist movement and is the mother of men like Manly P. Hall and Rudolph Steiner. But, this list began with a woman, and I thought it should end with one. Blavatsky lived between 1831 and 1891. Her leadership is also unparalleled, pushing forward a movement that briefly changed the Mid Western United States, the world; and years after her death, the Nazis who saw power in the Thelma Societies racist ideologies.

Honorable Mentions:

Homer, Asoka, Plato, Aristotle, Nostradamus, Leonardo da Vinci, Issac Newton, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson & Orson Welles.



[1] http://www.ancient.eu/Enheduanna/

[2] https://www.britannica.com/biography/Imhotep

[3] http://www.iep.utm.edu/pythagor/

[4] https://www.franciscanmedia.org/saint-hildegard-of-bingen/

[5] http://www.biography.com/people/thomas-more-9414278#synopsis

[6] http://www.biography.com/people/francis-bacon-9194632#synopsis

[7] http://www.online-literature.com/goethe/

[8] http://www.rsarchive.org/RSBio.php

[9] http://www.manlyphall.org/

[0] http://www.crystalinks.com/blavatsky.html

  • * 2016 Summer Special Edition of History Magazine, titled Secret Societies for more about Pythagoras, Bacon, Hall, Blavatsky and Gothe.

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