"Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person."
(Sourced from: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/m/mother_teresa.html)
· Born August 27, 1920 in Macedonia
· Took initial vows as a nun on May 24, 1931 in India
· Taught at St. Mary’s High School until 19848 when the suffering and
poverty surrounding her inspired her to devote herself to working amongst the poorest of the poor in the Calcutta slums.
· Had no funds, but relied on Divine Providence, and soon she was joined by
many volunteers and financial support
· In 1950 was given permission to start a new order, ‘The Missionaries
of Charity’, whose task was to love and care for those forgotten by everyone else
· Has won many awards including:
John Paul XXIII Peace Prize (1971)
(Sourced from: http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1979/teresa-bio.html).
Servant Leadership Traits:
Vision- Mother Theresa had a vision for
all of the poor and unwanted children of the world to be loved again and have a better future
Credibility & Trust- Mother Theresa
was trusted by volunteers she worked with and the poor people whom she took care of. She built this trust through the servant
leadership style, and was not there for her own glory of fame, she was there only to serve others.
Pioneering- Mother Theresa was helping people
who no-one had helped in the past. She was responsible for the forming of the new order.
Appreciation of others- Mother Theresa was
not judgmental towards the poor and sick, and saw them simply as people who had been forgotten by the modern world.
Want to read more about Mother Theresa’s
http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1979/teresa-docu.html to watch a video of Mother Theresa.
http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1979/teresa-lecture.html to read Mother Theresa’s Nobel Peace Prize speech.
http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1979/teresa-bio.html to read a brief biography of other Theresa’s life.