A Transformational and Servant Leader: Mother Teresa of Calcutta

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“Today, perhaps no figure has come to symbolize undiluted goodness, piety, and compassion more than the small, elderly Albanian nun Agnes Bojaxhiu—known to millions as Mother Teresa” (Fosl, 1999, p. 115). Mother Teresa is among the most fascinating and extremely respected women of the twentieth century. She was a woman who saved lives and changed them through the absolute force of her faith and determination. Mother Teresa was devoted to be loved in action on earth.
Mother Teresa was born Agnes Bojaxhiu on August 26, 1910 in Uskub, in the Kosovo Providence of the Ottoman Empire, which is now known as the city of Skopje in the Republic of Macedonia. Her parents were originally from Albania and were Roman Catholic. Her father was a shop
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And, making matters even worse, she continued to try to help others.
On October 7, 1950 Mother Teresa got the permission from the Vatican to begin the diocesan congregation that would later become the Missionaries of Charity. Mother Teresa said that its mission was to care for “the hungry, the naked, the homeless, the cripples, the blind, the lepers, and all those people who feel unwanted, unloved, uncared for throughout society, people that have become a burden to the society and are shunned by everyone” (Mother Teresa, Winner of 1979 Nobel Peace Prize, Dies at Age 87, p. 86). This order began small having only thirteen members in Calcutta. Now that Missionaries of Charity have over 4,000 nuns running orphanages, AIDS hospices, and charity centers worldwide, caring for refugees, the blind, disabled, aged, alcoholic, the poor and homeless and victims of floods, epidemics, and famine.
In 1952 she opened the first home for people who were dying. She converted an abandoned Hindu temple in a free hospice for the poor. In an interview with Malcolm Muggeridge for the book and documentary Something Beautiful for God (1971), Mother Teresa explains what happened the day she opened hospice: "The woman was half eaten up by rats and ants. I took her to the hospital, but they could do nothing for her. They only took her because I refused to go home unless something was done for her. After they cared for her, I went…

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