Fortune Magazine has spoken. Derek Jeter, the long-time Yankees shortstop and 5-time World Series champion, has been named as the 11th greatest leader, not in sports, not in the United States, not in Yankees history…in the world, according to Fortune Magazine.
You can view the entire list here.
Among those associated with the sports world, Jeter received the highest ranking. The next closest were Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and Spurs coach Greg Popovich who finished in a tie for 20th. No one else from sports made the list.
Here was Fortune’s explanation for Jeter’s high-ranking:
“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.”
Fortune hits it right on the head. Jeter is the consummate professional, he never makes excuses, and he always give his all. The way Jeter conducts himself is fast becoming a lost art, and it’s good to see him being recognized for doing the right thing.
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