Cook says that he has learned a lot from his time as CEO, a position that he's occupied full-time since August 2011. He had to develop a thicker skin, he says, against the scrutiny from outside of Apple, and doubts that he might not be up to the task of following Steve Jobs. Stepping into that spotlight showed him just how much Jobs had insulated the executive team from outside noise, according to Fortune:
Even with the new level of criticism and scrutiny, Cook never tried to emulate Jobs.
Cook spoke about his decision to come out in October 2014, saying that he might not of done it if he didn't thing it would help.
In addition to this new profile, Fortune has also given Cook the top spot on their list of greatest world leaders, saying:
You can read Fortune's full profile of Cook, as well as his entry on their list World's Greatest Leaders at the links below.
Source: Fortune (1), (2)
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