I thought about it and I agree with Gary, what's to admire?
What do we have to work with? Obama, Merkel, May, Hollande, Trudeau, Jin Ping, Putin, Abe? Even if we venture further afield what do we have to work with? Turnbull, Key, Al Saud, Rouhani, Kenny, Renzi, Geun-hye, Nieto? Even if we move out of heads of state, what are we talking here? Bezos? Bono? Branson? Ban-Ki Moon? Pope Francis?
I'm not disparaging any of them, they are all admirable in the sense that they've become the leaders of their nations, companies, and professions yet none of them seem to rise any further than that.
The World Economic Forum did a poll of millennials and in order came up with:
Nelson Mandela, Pope Francis, Elon Musk, Ghandi, and Gates.
And two of them are dead (for the record Obama came in 6th).
We have it seems, risen to new levels of mediocrity.
What world leaders do you admire? And I'll caveat that with they have to be alive and active in world affairs.