Curated Reads by the National Library, Singapore

Great personalities throughout history tend to leave behind indelible legacies that reverberate across generations.

What does it mean to be an influencer and what are the qualities that make one? Find out more as you read the resources below.


Nelson Mandela


I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.
— Nelson Mandela, "Speech from the Dock", 20th April 1964


Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first democratically elected president, successfully fought against apartheid in his country. Read about how he united a nation and inspired the world.




What it Takes to be a Great Leader

Find out what makes great leaders tick, learn the secrets behind their success and discover what makes them stand out from the crowd. Leadership expert Roselinde Torres says that great leaders are visionaries who are able to network with people of diverse backgrounds and have the courage to challenge the norm.


Malala Yousafzai: Education Activist
Call no.: 370.92 ROW

Read about teenage influencer Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist for women's education and the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Book cover image credit: All rights reserved, University of Chicago Press, 2008.

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The 100 Most Influential People

A fascinating collection from featuring 100 industry titans, pioneers, artists, leaders and icons from the worlds of politics, medical science, sports, fashion and entertainment.