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Churchill tops CEO survey as 'most admired leader'

AFP  Paris, April 21, 2013
First Published: 03:02 IST(21/4/2013) | Last Updated: 03:43 IST(21/4/2013)

Britain's wartime prime minister Winston Churchill on Saturday topped a poll of leaders most admired by chief executives, edging out Apple founder Steve Jobs and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela.

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The survey of some 1,300 business leaders, carried out by financial services giant PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), saw "Iron Lady" Margaret Thatcher as the only woman in the top ten, at seventh.

Jobs was second on the list and fellow business tycoon Jack Welch, who led General Electric for 20 years, came in fifth.

Political leaders took up the remaining places in the top ten.

India's independence hero Mahatma Gandhi was third and Mandela fourth. Former US presidents Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan, John F Kennedy and Bill Clinton occupied places six, eight, nine and 10th equal.

Clinton shared the last spot in the top ten with Napoleon Bonaparte and PwC said the responses might reveal conclusions about the current tough economic times.

"It may be that choices of leader are driven at least in part by the prevailing mood of the time, which could explain why so many CEOs chose leaders who were persistent in the face of adversity - as well as transformational leaders and leaders who did the 'right thing'," said the report.

After Thatcher, who died April 8 following a stroke, the most mentioned women were German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Mother Theresa and author Ayn Rand.

PwC interviewed 1,330 chief executives across 68 countries between September and October.

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