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Since Suu Kyi’s 2010 release, her political party has clinched dozens of seats in Parliament. Forces, Afghanistan The Marine four-star general and leader of NATO’s coalition in Afghanistan “is probably the most complete warrior-statesman wearing a uniform today,” says a former Marine commandant. Now, through his ONE and (RED) campaigns, he is enlisting major companies and millions of people to combat AIDS, poverty, and preventable diseases.Current law bars a presidential run in 2015; even that may change before long. Age: 78 Spiritual leader of the Tibetan people For over 50 years he has campaigned tirelessly for peace, nonviolence, democracy, and reconciliation, especially among world religions; he has met countless times with popes, rabbis, imams, and others to find common ground. is updating its line of Kindle e-readers and tablets in a bid to stoke consumer demand as Google Inc. join the crowded market of machines challenging Apple Inc.'s i Pad.After earning .2 billion of profit last year — far more than General Motors (GM) or Chrysler — the company paid its 47,000 UAW workers a record ,800 each in profit sharing.Age: 83 CEO, Berkshire Hathaway While lauded as an investor, Buffett also leads 300,000 employees with a values-based, hands-off style that gives managers wide leeway and incentivizes them like owners.He has refused to occupy the palatial papal apartments, has washed the feet of a female Muslim prisoner, is driven around Rome in a Ford Focus, and famously asked “Who am I to judge? He created a group of eight cardinals to advise him on reform, which a church historian calls the “most important step in the history of the church for the past 10 centuries.” Francis recently asked the world to stop the rock-star treatment.He knows that while revolutionary, his actions so far have mostly reflected a new tone and intentions. And yet signs of a “Francis effect” abound: In a poll in March, one in four Catholics said they’d increased their charitable giving to the poor this year. Age: 59 Chancellor, Germany Merkel may be the most successful national leader in the world today.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.
Age: 49 Executive chairman, Alibaba Group Ma became a billionaire not just through brilliant management but also by leading his company in a big, brash way.
Age: 57 CEO, Unilever With rare skill, Polman has combined noble corporate goals with savvy management in his five years as CEO (UL).
Of course, strong leadership also often goes hand in hand with bold ambition: Polman took a big risk by declaring his — to double the company’s size even while reducing its environmental footprint and increasing its positive social impact. Bloomberg maintained high approval ratings for nearly all of his 12 years as New York City’s mayor (2002-14), winning his first reelection by a 20-point margin, the largest ever for a Republican in the heavily Democratic city.
She did so and is still doing so largely with success, though the IMF’s stringent conditions on aid have angered some.
Lagarde combines her tough prescription of austerity with an argument that reforms will help the poor and unemployed above all — a balance that has increased acceptance of her message.