Mother Teresa's Leadership And Legacy
Mother Teresa has been a legendary figure when it comes to peace and leadership. In these times of religious intolerance, turmoil and violence reported all over the world. Mother Teresa remains an unbeatable and motherly figure with her legacy and leadership qualities, who in her lifetime didn’t care at all about boundaries, religion, class or caste. She only rendered her godly services to the people in need. Mother Teresa – who is often called as the Saint of the poor and needy people was born as Agnes in the year 1910 in Macedonia. At the age of 18, she joined a convent with only one intention in her mind to serve the people. She has been personified as God by those who have received Mother Teresa’s love, care and affection. While, in Calcutta, she was appalled by the poor living conditions of the slums of Calcutta. She promptly left the convent to serve those ailing people living in those slums. Initially, she had no support, money but only love for people. Mother Teresa became associated with the Loreto community in Calcutta- a group/community of nuns, who did charitable work and ran a girl’s school. Mother Teresa joined the Loreto school and worked there as a teacher for 17 years eventually becoming the principal of the school. The school in which she worked catered the children from the wealthy families and Mother Teresa wanted to help and work for the poor. Hence, she decided to leave the convent, and she was granted the permission to leave the same by Pope Pius XII in the year 1948. She went to the slums to stay and changed her lifestyle and attire and became one of those people. Mother Teresa only believed in one thing- Serve the needy and poor people with love and expect nothing in return. She always believed doing small things with love instead of doing big things.
Mother Teresa established the Missionaries of Charity- a home for the needy. And she along with her associates continued their charitable works not only in Calcutta or India but also across the world outside India. Mother Teresa left such a legacy of which one should be proud of, and she has set an exemplary example of leadership so much so that she was awarded the Nobel Prize. Mother Teresa died of a heart attack on September 5; 1997 in Calcutta leaving behind her associates who vowed that they will continue all the good charitable works to continue the legacy and leadership set up by her.