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In the early 1990s, at age 19, author Ruma Bose worked as a volunteer in Calcutta (now Kolkata) with Mother Teresa. Now Bose and co-author Lou Faust have identified eight key leadership principles Mother Teresa practiced diligently as she built the Missionaries of Charity into a global organization with billions of dollars in revenue. The authors include stories from their entrepreneurial and corporate experiences, easy-to-follow discussions, and incidents from Mother Teresa’s life to show how each principle can benefit you personally and professionally. When reflecting on Mother Teresa’s unique life and single-minded dedication, you may be tempted to view her gentle spirit, charitable work, and lofty goals as inspired by faith and somehow not relevant to the modern world. That would be misguided thinking. In fact, “you don’t have to be a saint” to gain from the fundamental tenets of her leadership, which are useful to managers at all levels. While some may think this short book is a bit simplistic, getAbstract finds that its very simplicity is a large part of what makes it so powerful.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How Mother Teresa used eight basic principles of good leadership to build the Missionaries of Charity into a global organization, and
  • How to use these principles to improve your personal life, your business life, and the success of your organization.

About the Authors

Ruma Bose worked as a volunteer with Mother Teresa from 1992 to 1993. She is president and co-CEO of the wellness company Sprayology. Lou Faust, formerly with Salomon Brothers, is the founder and managing partner of Edge Capital Partners consultancy.



“The Teresa Principles”
In 1928, the 18-year-old Albanian woman who was to become Mother Teresa decided to dedicate herself to religious service and joined the Sisters of Loreto. The convent sent her to teach at a girls’ school in Calcutta (now Kolkata) in India. She left the order in...

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