Fortune has today published its inaugural list of The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders and Apple CEO Tim Cook has also been included in the list, sitting at #33 ahead of a number of other tech executives. While falling behind Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and Alibaba’s Jack Ma on the list, Tim Cook is listed above YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki.
Celebrities like Angelina Jolie and Bono have also been added to the list, which suggests that the list doesn’t follow any obvious formula to select its greatest world leaders. Explaining about how it came up with the list, the publication notes that it has “drawn a distinction between leaders and people who are admirable and powerful but who are not transformative leaders”. Simply running a large organization or serving in an influential role does not meet the threshold to be on this list.
According to Fortune, here’s why Apple CEO was included in the list:
“Following Steve Jobs has arguably been the toughest corporate leadership assignment in decades, yet Cook has carried it off with mostly quiet aplomb. In 2½ years he has kept the parade of winning new products marching (the Retina display, new operating systems, the iPhone 5), and he is bringing in Burberry’s savior, Angela Ahrendts, to run Apple’s retail stores. That’s thinking different.”
So guys, what do you think of Tim Cook’s #33 spot on the list?