There's little doubt that Derek Jeter is the leader of the New York Yankees and, in fact, one of the great leaders the organization has ever seen. It's right there in his nickname, The Captain.
But how does Jeter rank as a leader compared to other leaders around the world? The CEOs, politicians and Bill Clintons? That's the question Fortune tried to answer with its "World's 50 Greatest Leaders" list.
Jeter ranked No. 11 on the list, between Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Geoffrey Canada, the CEO of the Harlem Children's Zone. Jeter is the only athlete on the list, though a handful of coaches are on it. Jeter is just two spots behind the Dalai Lama (No. 9), three behind Bono of U2 (No. 8) and he beat out the CEOs of Apple, YouTube and Starbucks.
Explaining why Jeter is a great leader, Fortune wrote:
As he begins his 20th and final season in pinstripes, Jeter remains the type of role-model player that even a Red Sox fan must grudgingly respect. It's not the five World Series rings he's won or his team record for career hits. In a steroid-tainted, reality-TV era, Jeter, the son of two Army veterans, continues to stand out because of his old-school approach: Never offer excuses or give less than maximum effort.
These apples vs. oranges lists are always fun, because how can you truly and fairly compare the leadership of Jeter, Bono and Pope Francis? (The Pope was No. 1, btw).
Any Yankees fans thinking Jeter is underrated on this list, we've got good news for you. By the end of the 2014 season, we'll be so used to the Jeter lovefest his retirement will bring that we'll rank him No. 1 on every single list on the Internet. Probably even things like most loyal boyfriend.
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