Is Derek Jeter the best leader in MLB? Probably. Is he even in the discussion of greatest leaders outside of the sports world? I didn’t think so, but apparently he is. At least that’s what CNN’s Fortune Magazine says.
According to FM, Jeter is the 11th greatest leader in the world. No, that’s not a typo — the world. I could maybe buy him being No. 11 in all of America, but I’m having a hard time wrapping my mind around him being considered one of the most powerful men in the world.
Let’s give The Captain credit — he’s rich, famous, a decent role model for kids and the leader of the most popular MLB team. You can even argue that he’s still the face of MLB after 20 years. But to have him ranked ahead of numerous billionaire CEOs and other legitimate world leaders, just seems batty to me.
FM even has him ranked ahead of Mike Krzyzewski (the greatest college basketball coach of all time) and the best coach in the NBA today, Greg Popovich. Sure, Jeter is far more popular than those guys on a world-wide level, but a better leader? That’s where they lose me.
The craziest part of all is that FM left President Obama off the top 50 list all together. I know that many people have a great dislike for Obama, but how can the President of the United States not be included on a list of the world’s 50 greatest leaders? Regardless of your opinion of him, the guy still leads a country with over 314 million people in it.
Maybe I’m just underestimating the power of sports, but I’m guessing that Jeter himself was flabbergasted by his spot on the list.