world leader / head of state


New Member
what is the formula most commonly used "world leader" or "head of state"?
Last edited by a moderator:
  • ScrapPaper

    Senior Member
    English - Canadian
    Generally speaking, a "head of state" is the symbolic representative of a country, while the "leader" is the person with the actual political power.

    Example; in Britain, the "leader" is the prime minister, while the Queen is the "head of state."

    However, in some countries, such as the USA, the president is both the "leader" and the "head of state."

    "world leader" is not an official position, but we use the term to refer to the leaders of the most powerful countries in the world, those countries with the greatest economic and military strength.
    Last edited:


    Senior Member
    English - England
    If you are the head of state of a tiny country, you might not be considered a world leader. :)
    ... or even a big one. The Queen is not regarded as a world leader. Also, you don't have to be a head of state or even a person to be a world leader. Google, Microsoft and President Obama are all world leaders.
    < Previous | Next >