Top 50 World Leaders: Tim Cook

By: Hunter Wright

Works Cited

"Timothy D. Cook." Bio. A&E Television Networks, 2014. Web. 02 Dec. 2014.

"Fortune ranks the World's 50 Greatest Leaders." Fortune, 2014. Web. 02 Dec. 2014.


An important event that occurred during Tim Cook's childhood, was when he received the title Fuqua Scholar in 1988. It's a title only given to graduates in the top 10% of their class at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. People saw Tim Cook as a bright young man.

Quality of Leadership

Tim Cook's quality of leadership is his "reseller/supplier relationship strategies." Shortly after he joined Apple as their chief operating officer, Apple saw an increase in profit.


Tim Cook decided to help other people, because of one of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s urgent question, "What are you doing for others?" Based on these inspirational words, he decided to help other people in need, and in early 1998, it was Apple.

How does Tim Cook's leadership traits impact others?

Tim Cook's leadership traits had a great impact on Apple, because he was able to increase their profit when Apple was falling apart in 1998.

Leadership traits I share with Tim Cook

I do not have his "reseller/supplier relationship strategies," but I am good with time management. I'm also very organized. I can use these skills in the future if I get a job that requires good time management skills.

Tim Cook's most helpful character trait

I believe that Tim Cook's most helpful character trait is his honesty. I believe this, because since he was the corporation's chief operating officer from 1998-2011, he needed to be honest to the retailers about what products they were selling them.

Why I want to emulate Tim Cook

I want to emulate Tim Cook, because of the honesty he has provided with the retailers he has sold Apple products to. Although I am honest, I want to improve my honesty more now that I've read about him.

Do leaders need to demonstrate all the leadership traits to be effective?

I believe that leaders do not need to demonstrate all leadership traits, because Tim Cook only has a few leadership traits and he is an effective leader.

Qualities needed for an effective leader

  1. Courage
  2. Honesty
  3. Willing to make personal sacrifices
  4. Great communication skills