Tim Cook—unlike his predecessor, Steve Jobs—famously doesn’t crave the spotlight.

So his most recent interview with Businessweek, which appears as a the magazine’s cover story, offered a rare glimpse into Cook’s life as CEO of Apple.

The discussion ranged from product design to manufacturing; he announced the company will expand its manufacturing operation in the USA. But the interview also provided some great insight for leaders about stewarding an organization—any organization.

Here are a few takeaways from Cook’s leadership style:

1. Diversity of leadership is massively important.

Diversity isn’t just an HR buzzword (or an old wooden ship, either). In fact, a plurality of backgrounds among your employees can actually help the revenue of your company. The idea behind this philosophy is that people bring lots of different experiences to the table, and companies that can harness the most amount of creative experiences will be more innovativeimage in their approach to business.

Cook very explicitly recognizes that fact, and has made diversity a cornerstone of his management philosophy.

“We want diversity of thought,” he says. “We want diversity of style. We want people to be themselves. It’s this great thing about Apple. You don’t have to be somebody else. You don’t have to put on a face when you go to work and be something different. But the thing that ties us all is we’re brought together by values. We want to do the right thing. We want to be honest and straightforward. We admit when we’re wrong and have the courage to change.”

2. Transparency is key. 

Cook knew transparency would be key. With harsh criticism about the standards of Apple’s global employees (especially through their manufacturing partners at Foxconn), Cook opened the doors