The Power Of Mother Teresa’s Charismatic Leadership

3390 words - 14 pages

Table of content

Title Page(s)

Introduction 3 – 4

Methodology 4 – 5

Analysis and Discussion

Likeableness 5 – 6

Relation to Status Quo 6 – 7

Future Goals 7 – 8

Articulation 8 – 9

Behavior 9 – 10

Influence 10 – 11

Conclusion 11 – 12

References 13 – 14

Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu or as we know her as Mother Teresa of Calcutta was born in Skopje in 1910 (The Vatican, n.d.). Agnes had a rough life ever since her childhood as her father passed away when she was only 9 years old. The passing away of her father put their family in a difficult financial circumstance but they stayed faithful. Agnes attended church every day with her mother and siblings. At age 12, Agnes felt a calling from God but did not know for certain. After sometime she decided to talk with the Father confessor to ask how she can be sure. The father informed her that the deep inner joy that she feels is the compass that indicated her direction in life. In 1929, when Agnes was only 19 she was in Calcutta preparing to become a teacher and a nun. Ever since the beginning of her journey she was always concerned for the poor, but she spent her early adulthood in her assigned ministry as a geography teacher. She was very close with her students, she loved them and they loved her and often joined her on the weekend to care for the sick and hungry in the streets of Calcutta. After years of teaching and helping the less fortunate Agnes heard God’s call again and left everything and devoted her life entirely to serving the poor. She insisted it was a clear call from God, not pity for the poor.
The purpose of this paper is to research Mother Teresa and all that she has done to determine whether she truly possessed the leadership characteristics as per Daft, Richard L's The Leadership Experience, 5th Edition book. I will also be analyzing whether she showed charisma throughout her life and how that impacted the message she was trying to send to the world. During Mother Teresa’s life and after her death there have been many controversies in regards to her teachings. Some believe that Mother Teresa was selfish as she worried more about her publicity rather than her cause. As a Catholic we are told all about what Mother Teresa did during her life, which follows the message of Jesus so I wanted to take this report as an opportunity to further educate myself and perhaps others as to how true her cause was.
In order to test my hypothesis, I will be looking as a variety of sources to analyze whether Mother Teresa’s charismatic leadership truly influenced people to care and help the less fortunate. We are all aware of Mother Teresa and how she devoted her life to help the poor, resulting in millions of people to follow in her message and being more kind to the less fortunate. Leadership is...

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