Mother Teresa Leadership Analysis

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The definition of Leadership varies for different people. Northhouse (2013) describes that Leadership is a process whereby an individual influences a group of individuals to achieve a common goal. Whereas, Burns (1797) defines leadership as a process whereby leaders induce followers "to act for certain goals that represent the values and the motivations-the wants and the needs, the aspirations and expectations-of both leaders and followers, and the genius of leadership lies in the manner in which leaders see and act on their own and their followers ' values and motivations"

Different types of leadership have been theorized, Jung believe that leaders are born (Traits) where their personality pops out and attracts followers. Normally
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– Mother Teresa have inspired members of her congregation in healing people’s emotional, spiritual, heath by giving advice, medication, and love. The congregation grew to an overwhelming amount and the people of the slums were becoming more cared for than ever before. (Leadership Wiki)

• Awareness of his or her own values and feelings, strengths and weaknesses. – Mother Teresa’s idea is to help the poorest of the poor. Jacobson’s (2014) colleague asked Sister Prema if Mother Teresa had any big, bold goals, like eliminating poverty." She replied that Mother Teresa was focused on helping one person at a time. This may show that Mother Teresa was aware of her limitation so decided to focus all of her effort on helping people one at a time.

• Persuasion to influence others - Mother Teresa has travelled repeatedly to spread her word and her work to other poor communities throughout the world and persuaded people to join and help her in her cause to help “The poorest of the poor” Mother Teresa built a community by attracting Nuns to help in her mission to aid the poorest of the
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Mother Teresa is an anti-abortion activist, and stressed “We have a tremendous demand from families who have no children.” To tackle the problem, the missionary taught people natural family planning. (Mother Teresa, 1979)

• Stewardship on an organization 's resources in trust for the greater good. - Using the items that people have donated, Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity, a congregation that vowed “poverty, chastity, obedience, and wholehearted and free service to the poorest of the poor.” (Leadership Wiki) And later on, using the money that was donated, she established a leper colony, an orphanage, a nursing home, a family clinic and a string of mobile health clinics. (, 2014) This shows stewardship on the organisation’s resources that she was provided in trust of a greater good.

• Commitment to the growth of people to serve the need of others.- Mother Teresa eventually began a school for the children of the slums, she was focused on her commitment to the growth of people and taught them everything from mathematics to washing themselves with soap and water. (Leadership
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