What makes a leader? Is a person born a leader or does circumstance decide their ability to lead a group? The subject of leadership still invites heated debates while trying to understand the depth of this skill. To follow a leader is to believe in their motives and subscribe to their vision. Successful leaders are those who are able to read the situation and design their approach according to it. The approach is indicative of the style each leader has. The leadership style plays a key role in deciding the extent of success of a leader. Every situation is unique and has its own expectations from its leaders. These leaders need to be equipped with specific qualities to form a rare combination for success. This is the first of a 3 volume compendium about common styles of leadership. This volume will focus on leaders from the 5th Century A.D. till the 19th Century A.D. Each leadership style is explained through the stories of 6 epitomical leaders. These chosen leaders are renowned dictators who are known today for their extreme methods and notoriety. Their individual reigns as the head of their country/tribe/principality were long and storied.