Fortune: Derek Jeter is world's 11th-best leader

Wednesday March 26th, 2014

Derek Jeter has long had a reputation as a coach of the field. (Leon Halip/Getty Images) Derek Jeter has long had a reputation as a coach on the field. (Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Derek Jeter has been the captain of the Yankees since 2003, and his 12-year tenure in the position is the longest of any of the 11 captains in team history.

The 39-year-old, who's announced that this will be his last season, is a five-time World Series champion and 13-time All-Star, but it's the intangibles he brings to the game that have been lauded most by his fans and mocked most by his detractors.

Well, add "one of the world's best leaders" to the intangible bin.

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The shortstop was named the 11th-best leader in the world by Fortune magazine, joining a list of pontiffs (Pope Francis, who is No. 1), world leaders (German chancellor Angela Merkel is No. 2 and former president Bill Clinton is No. 5), CEOs (Ford Motor Co. CEO Alan Mulally is No. 3 and Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffet is No. 4) and humanitarians such as Bono (No. 8) and Angelina Jolie (No. 21).

Writes the magazine: "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."

Other members of the sports world on the list are Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and University of South Carolina women's basketball coach Dawn Staley (who all tied for 20th), as well as Johns Hopkins University swim teams coach George Kennedy (No. 36).

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