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World’s Greatest Leaders



by Nathan Strum

By Nathan Strum

Fortune released their list of the “World’s Greatest Leaders.” They included excelling men and women who are revolutionizing different facets of the world today. Leaders in business, government, philanthropy and many more aspects made the list. Here are a couple of extraordinary leaders that made Starbucks Holds Annual Shareholders Meetingthe list.

Howard Schultz- Chairman and CEO, Starbucks

Schultz is known for breaking the barrier between social issues and business. Whatever the topic maybe, for example his recent movement to encourage conversations about race in stores, shows that he does not fear social causes and Big Business.

“If people believe they share values with a company, they will stay loyal to the brand.”


Tim Cook- CEO, Apple

Filling the shoes of one of the most brilliant innovators, as Steve Jobs was, is a huge deal. All eyes were on Tim Cook following Steve Job’s death. Surprising to many, since Cook has taken over the innovation powerhouse, Apple’s stock is at all-time highs. His leadership is cultivating even more innovation.

“You can focus on things that are barrier, or you can focus on scaling the wall, or redefining the problem.”


Mario Draghi- President, European Central Bank

Europe has lacked strong political leadership to address their economic issues. For this reason, Draghi has one of the most challenging jobs in the world. Trying to bring stability to the European Union takes Draghi’s quality knowledge in both business and government.

“If we do not resolve the euro crisis, we will all pay the price. And if we do resolve it, we will all benefit.”


Joanne Liu- International President, Medecins Sans Frontieres

For almost twenty years, Liu has worked as a physician on many missions. She has helped victims of the Indonesian tsunami, the Haitian earthquakes and dedicated her leadership to over 20 missions throughout four continents.

“We’ve been running behind a train that is moving faster than the response has been in West Africa since the beginning.”


Mary Barra- CEO, General Motors

Fortune writes, “Immersed in GM’s ignition-switch mega crisis almost since day one as CEO, Barra has deftly juggled the demands of investors, regulators, customers, plaintiffs, and employees on one of the business world’s most visible stages. She’s a company lifer, but her insistence on greater openness nonetheless broke the long-standing GM pattern of downplaying responses to product defects—and she is making a genuine, if still far from complete, effort to transform the automaker’s sclerotic culture.”

“Not Everything needs changing. Some things need protecting. And that can be just as important, challenging the world.”

Pete Frates- Advocate, ALS “Ice Bucket Challenge”

Formerly a Boston College baseball player, Frates lost almost all physical movement due to ALS. His goal was to tell the world about his battle and raise awareness. Through the Ice Bucket Challenge, he raised $115 million the ALS Association. This is the most viral fundraising campaign in history.


Helena Morrissey- CEO, Newton Investment Management

While she manages a London firm and $55 billion in assets, Morrissey also campaigns for female equality. She is trying to pave the way for females to represent 30% of company boards in the UK. Currently, she is looking to venture to the U.S. with the same proposal.

“Meaningful change needs to be more than a token,” she says to The Guardian. “There is an element of some companies thinking ‘been there, done that’ because they’d appointed one woman to the board.”

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