Fortune names Tim Cook one of the world's greatest leaders

Fortune names Tim Cook one of the world's greatest leaders

Tim Cook has been named one of Fortune's list of the World's 50 Greatest Leaders. Cook joins leaders such as Pope Francis, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Ford CEO Alan Mulally. Fortune places Cook at 33 on the list, praising his record in the two-and-a-half years since he's become the full-time CEO of Apple, including his recent hiring of Angela Ahrendts. Fortune:

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 (AAPL, Fortune 500) retail stores. That's thinking different.

What do you think of Tim Cook's leadership of Apple? Let us know below in the comments.

Source: Fortune

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Fortune names Tim Cook one of the world's greatest leaders

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What I like about this story is the lame-stream media is miffed that their beloved POTUS is not on the list... :)

The right man at the right time, I'm only surprised he's not higher up the list! I'm sure he will be higher in the coming years once the next developments are delivered. Well done Tim.

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Since Cook took over, Apple has not innovated anything, but has released a me-too copy UI for iOS 7, Maps that do not work still today, and has completely-failed to introduce new services wtih which Apple could compete against Google's ever growing dominance in the global market place. I cannot see how Cook could have failed any more utterly. Friends' and colleagues' Androids have a natural-language speech recognition technology, maps that just work, all the new local apps; my iPhone has none of those. Heck, even WP today sports a better local ecosystem, not to mention superior hardware and first party apps. What happened? Has iPhone become simply.. irrelevant?

Do you know how hard it is to come out with something innovative these days? Pretty much everything is out there these days, back then when Steve Jobs was alive nobody had nothing out there, even a different screen resolution would be innovative but now its hard very hard!!

I always get a kick out of comments like that that ultimately reveal not only the personal dissatisfaction with the device, but an apparent view that the section of the smartphone that buys iPhones (and possibly may have given Apple another record sales quarter) is totally void of sense and good judgment. Not only is Apple doomed, but millions of its customers, right?

Exactly. Equally, those who cannot help but masturbate at the sound of Tim Cook's name are no better. And millions of people going one way is no certain proof of good judgment. Look at history books (if we're gonna talk about 'leaders').

Im an Apple client for the better or worse, that's not the point, but a CEO (not an entrepreneur with Jobs vision, for instance) with a 2.5 year stint making the World's Greatest Leaders list is a tad surprising to say the least. Same goes for the ford CEO btw.

Doesnt mean Cook is not the CEO Apple needs, because he is. May well be that whoever compiled that list is way off.

Total nerd. Lmao. Stop reading the forums and read the news and there stock value. So passionate about electronics. Lmao.

Walking with diamonds on the soles of his shoes.
What has he done?
Just like rappers. No band. No instruments.
They take from others tweak the beat and add "THEIR" lyrics.
Nada.
Zip.
Zilch.
Wow...

Wow I guess to the genius that claims Tim Cook is 'irrelevant' that Jobs never had any misses. Yeah I suppose the iPhone 4 antenna never had any issues. Who was in charge then? And that is just a few of the misses you have while getting to success. Cook never claim he was an innovator. But maybe he has skills that Jobs trusted. People like you spout your nonsense like Jobs was a god. Give us a damn break. Furthermore Cook didn't pick himself Fortune did. Troll.

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There always has to be at least one Palin ass-licker on a forum to take a shot at the President! Ass!

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I've been working on my 1337ership skillz all year long. My team has done amazing things with limited time and resources saving the organization and taxpayers dozens of many moneys. I thought for sure I had a chance to make the list this year. Oh well, maybe next time :)