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Fortune magazine tabs Derek Jeter as the 11th greatest leader in the world

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Sure, Derek Jeter has done a phenomenal job since he rose through the ranks to become the unquestioned leader of the New York Yankees during his storied 20-year MLB career, but the qualities of leadership he has demonstrated during his tenure makes him deserving of inclusion among the greatest leaders in the entire ever-loving world.

At least according to “Fortune” magazine, that is.

The periodical recently released its list of “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders.” And yep, Jeter not only cracked the list, but he’s considered the 11th greatest leader in the entire world.

Pope Francis reigns atop the list, followed by the likes of Warren Buffett, Bill Clinton, Bono (?) and the Dalai Lama among the top 10.

Here’s how “Fortune” characterized Jeter and why he’s among the best of the best.

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.

It’s worth noting that the list put together by “Fortune” featured leaders primarily from the ranks of business and featured few actual “world leaders” in the truest, leader of nations, geopolitical sense of the term, but Jeter’s inclusion certainly is worth noting. For a sports site, at least.

Among those who couldn’t top Jeter’s leadership qualities: Christine Lagarde, Managing director, International Monetary Fund (No. 13) and Malala Yousafzai, advocate for the educational rights of girls (No. 34). Work harder, ladies.

[H/T Hardball Talk]