The title of "Maximum Leader" (in Spanish, Líder Máximo) has been used by, or to describe, a number of politicians, including, but not limited to:
- Fidel Castro 
- Omar Torrijos - was recognised as "Maximum Leader of the Panamanian Revolution" in the 1972 Constitution of Panama
- Manuel Noriega - an official title given to him in 1989 by Panama's National Assembly
- Sonny Barger - the given title of the president of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club as noted in Hunter S. Thompson's Hell's Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs
Where the term is not used by the individual in question, the usage is usually derogatory, implying that they are dictatorial.
- Bardach, Ann Louise (13 August 2006). "Portrait of the Maximum Leader as a Young Man". The New York Times. Retrieved 25 October 2009.
- "Report on the Situation of Human Rights in Panama". Washington DC: Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. 22 June 1978. Retrieved 25 October 2009.
- Gilboa, Eytan (1995). "The Panama Invasion Revisited: Lessons for the Use of Force in the Post Cold War Era". Political Science Quarterly (Academy of Political Science) 110 (4): 539–562. doi:10.2307/2151883.
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