Mother Teresa devoted her entire life to the well being of the unprivileged, ailing, malnourished, homeless and helpless people. She dedicated her entire self, all her time and all knowledge and resources at her disposal to help others, one person at a time.
Mother Teresa is hailed for her contributions to lives of countless people and for her phenomenal work at the Missionaries of Charity, which she also founded. However, what many people don’t realize or pay attention to is the Mother Teresa leadership style.
Mother Teresa leadership style was neither autocratic nor transformational, although there were traits of both. She was quintessentially a situational leader. She did what was urgent and needed. She provided home for the homeless, food for the hungry, medicines to the ailing and company to the lonely. It is this situational Mother Teresa leadership style that had made her unique. She was the same with her fellow sisters and everyone who worked for her or with her.
Mother Teresa leadership style was about learning, determination, being resourceful and having organization skills to use the resources effectively. The missions that Mother Teresa had taken up in her life could not be achieved without money and resources. If the money and resources were being made available by Catholic and other religious organizations apart from donation by the people from all walks of life, it would still need a lot of planning and effective implementation of the plans to ensure that the money and resources are used optimally.
Mother Teresa was an impeccably organised leader. She knew what she wanted and how she would attend to every challenge. She was determined with her sole intention of helping those in need and to achieve that she would pull together all her resources, train people to be capable of doing the job or to be skilled enough to help her and she took care of everyone so no one was left out in the process, neither those who are in need nor those who were working with her.
Mother Teresa was a courageous lady. She did not buckle under any pressure and she did not try and justify her works when she was being criticized for various reasons. She had been the target of severe criticism and her popularity was often dented by some valid and invalid reasons. But none of those deterrents swayed her from her conviction and her eventual mission.
Mother Teresa leadership style is not just applicable to managers, business leaders or professionals but also to life in general.