"Mother Teresa marked the history of our century with courage. She served all human beings by promoting their dignity and respect, and made those who had been defeated by life feel the tenderness of God.'' - Pope John Paul II. Mother Teresa is one among the great religious and humanitarian leaders of the world. She was a woman who saved lives and changed them through the sheer force of her faith and determination. Mother Teresa was born as Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu. She was born on the 27th of August, 1910 in Yugoslavia. In her teens, Agnes became a member of a youth group in her local parish called Sodality. Through her involvement with their activities guided by a Jesuit priest, Agnes became interested in missionaries. She took the name 'Teresa' when she joined the Sisters of Loreto, an Irish community of nuns in 1928. She devoted her life to the poor. The mother was moved by utter poverty, suffering and misery of a large number of people in India; she decided to dedicate her whole life for the welfare of the poor and took Indian citizenship in 1948. She founded a school for homeless children in Calcutta and set up her own order, which became the Missionaries of Charity. Vision, extraordinary compassion, complete dedication are few characteristics Mother Teresa embodied as founder and former leader of the Missionaries of Charity. She expanded this order to other countries in 1965, creating a global network of over 517 missions around the world. Through this association, she dedicated her life helping the poor, the sick, and the dying around the world, particularly those in India. Her selfless work with the needy has brought her much acclaim and many awards. Mother Teresa has done tremendous work for which she became very famous through out the world. She took advantage of this rare combination of goodness and media savvy for promoting her associations. She started giving speeches worldwide and enlightening people about the plight of the poor and the diseased people suffering from ailments like leprosy, AIDS from different cultures, traditions, countries and religions. She never hesitated to kiss the hands of India's lepers or pick maggots from the wounds of people found lying in the streets. She helped change attitudes about AIDS by hugging patients dying of the disease. This example not only describes her tolerance but also her acceptance. Mother Teresa embodied the potential goodness of humankind, a vision of kindness, generosity and blind love for global siblings. She believed in active listening which is an important trait of leadership. She said “Before you speak, it is necessary for you to listen”. According to the authors Kouzes and Posner’s true leadership is best understood within the framework of four attributes honesty, vision, competency and inspiration. Mother Teresa will be an excellent example for this statement. Sincerity and honesty in her work, great passion towards her vision along with lot of hard work made her an effective leader. With her charisma she inspired several other peers working in the organisation and they were highly influenced and started implementing her principles and values. This ability of influencing others makes Mother Teresa a resonant leader. In the initial thoughts of leadership there is a point “you must work hard” I think success of mother Teresa lays in her hard work. In order to live with the poor and do service to the diseased is definitely not an easy task. She came across many hurdles in her life. Initially people thought she was doing all the work to promote Christianity, but later they realised her purpose and helped her in accomplishing mission. Even though Mother Teresa faced many obstacles in life, she was committed to her mission of helping the poor and diseased. Leaders must be willing to “rise above” even at the time limitations and restrictions of the current problem, Mother Teresa did the same and she was able to build organisations through out...
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