Mother Teresa, CEO by Ruma Bose

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When most people think of Mother Teresa, they think of a saint—a spiritual hero of extraordinary humanitarian accomplishments, a Nobel Peace Prize winner. But Mother Teresa was also the leader of one of the world’s largest and most successful organizations: the Missionaries of Charity. Since founding it in 1948 she has raised millions of dollars and, with over a million volunteers in more than 100 countries, it remains one of the most recognized brands in the world. How did one nun who never received any formal education in business build such an impressive global organization?

Frank, realistic, and firmly grounded in practicality, Mother Teresa’s leadership style helped to inspire and organize people across the world. This book shares ten essential leadership principles drawn from Mother Teresa’s example and applies them to today’s business world. Authors Ruma Bose, an entrepreneur who volun- teered with Mother Teresa, and Lou Faust, a leading business expert, are the first to examine her in this light—as a leader whose management style and dedication to a singular vision led to one of the world’s most unlikely success stories.

Mother Teresa may have been a saint, but her spectacular success was not a product of divine providence. Her genius was the simplicity of her vision and her dedication to its implementation. It was in the way she treated her people, refusing to distance herself from the everyday work of a typical sister of the Missionaries of Charity. It was in how she handled tough choices—like accepting donations from brutal Haitian dictator François “Papa Doc” Duvalier. These were the principles that made her the great leader of a global organization, and they can be applied by anyone in any organization—no sainthood required.

About Ruma Bose

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Ruma Bose is president and co-CEO of Sprayology, a homeopathic and vitamin wellness company. She is actively engaged in philanthropy and sits on a number of nonprofit boards. She is originally from Montreal but resides in New York City. Lou Faust is a businessman and advisor with thirty years of corporate experience, including ten years on Wall Street with Salomon Brothers, where he was a managing director and head of global operations. He is the managing partner and founder of Edge Capital Partners, which provides strategic advice to emerging growth companies. He lives in Broomfield, Colorado.
Published July 5, 2011 by Berrett-Koehler Publishers. 144 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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“Mother Teresa lived and breathed these principles every single day of her life to grow her enterprise. Perhaps, the key take-away from Mother Teresa’s work is that it’s all about the fifth principle: discovering the joy of discipline that leads to understanding and appreciation of all the other ...

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To Bose and Faust’s credit, this book IS unique and presents these common leadership principles using Mother Teresa’s work and leadership as a foundation.

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In describing Mother Teresa’s vision, for example, the authors write: “Great business leaders, like Mother Teresa, start with a simple vision they can evangelize internally and externally.

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Christianity Today

In each chapter Mother's own words are attended to superficially, if at all, for no more than a page or two before Bose and her co-author, a former software CEO, fill out Mother's advice with their own experience.

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