Cubs' Theo Epstein named 'world's greatest leader'

Theo Epstein said trades won't do the Cubs any good, since the talent is already there.

Sorry, Pope Francis. You, too, Melinda Gates, Jeff Bezos, Angela Merkeland, um, Donald Trump.

According to Fortune magazine, Cubs president Theo Epstein is "the world's greatest leader."

Snapping a century-old curse can do that for you on the fourth-annual list that identifies"men and women [who]are transforming the world and inspiring others to do the same."

Here's part of what landed Epstein, 43, atop the list that includes business titans, heavyweight politicians, billionaire philanthropistsand … the Pope. (Oh, and "concatenation"? It means "a series of interconnected things or events.")

"The Cubs owe their success to a five-year rebuilding program that featured a concatenation of different leadership styles. The team thrived under the affable patience of owner Tom Ricketts, and, later, under the innovative eccentricity of manager Joe Maddon. But most important of all was the evolution of the club’s president for baseball operations, Theo Epstein, the wunderkind executive who realized he would need to grow as a leader in order to replicate in Chicago the success he’d had with the Boston Red Sox."

The othersports-related memberof the 50-personlist: LeBron James (11).

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