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“I have always regarded Mother Teresa as one of my role models because she understood and demonstrated through her own being that real leadership comes from the soul. This exploration of Mother Teresa’s deep well of compassion, dignity, empathy, and love is a profound meditation on what it means to be a real leader.”
—Deepak Chopra, author of The Soul of Leadership

“Ruma Bose’s and Lou Faust’s perspective on the iconic Mother Teresa’s unique leadership skills is nothing short of a revelation. Having started my career in the social services world, I found that some of the best business managers hail from that world, with Mother Teresa certainly a leading example. I found myself nodding and “uh-huhing” as I recognized the simple but powerful lessons that Mother Teresa’s eight principles can teach us all. Simply extraordinary.”
—Jim McCann, founder and CEO, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM and Celebrations.com

“Entrepreneurship isn’t about starting a business; it’s about creating a state of mind. Bose and Faust do a tremendous job of demonstrating Mother Teresa’s entrepreneurial mind-set as she grew the Missionaries of Charity around the world. The eight leadership principles outlined in their book provide both inspiration and guidance to anyone passionate about and committed to building a global organization.”
—Leonard A. Schlesinger, President, Babson College, and former Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer, Limited Brands

“This book is a wonderful addition to Mother Teresa’s legacy. A fantastic journey that gave me insight into simple principles that can be profitably applied to any organization. Bose and Faust reveal a previously unrecognized facet of this extraordinary woman’s life, one that provides lessons any leader can benefit from. Profound, engaging, and packed with insight. I couldn’t recommend it more highly.”
—Gloria Nelund, cofounder, Chair, and CEO, TriLinc Global, and former Head, Private Wealth Management Division for North America, Deutsche Bank

About the Author

Ruma Bose is a successful entrepreneur and executive in the consumer industry with over 15 years of experience. In 1992/1993, Ms. Bose spent eight months in Kolkata working with Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity. Currently, she serves as President and Co-CEO of Sprayology, a homeopathic and vitamin wellness company. Her career in business includes developing strategies that have raised millions for profit and non-profit ventures. Louis Faust, III is a businessman with more than 25 years of corporate experience. Most recently he was President of Newdea, Inc., a collaboration platform for philanthropic impact. He also is the Managing Partner and Co-founder of Colorado Technology Partners, LLC. Over the past 15 years, Mr. Faust has held a number of board and senior management positions, having run three institutionally funded companies during this time.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers; 1 edition (July 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605099511
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605099514
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.7 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #532,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
There is a part of us that realizes that those religious leaders who have built large orders with multiple institutions must have some sort of management skills, yet is is generally their faith and their good works, not their leadership for which we remember the saints. However Ruma Bose and Lou Faust have analyzed Mother Theresa as a leader and tried to determine why she was successful and how that success could be imitated and transferred to business enterprises.

The book is divided into chapters by the principals described. They are:
Dream it Simple, Say it Strong
Dealing with the Devil to get to the Angels
Wait! Then pick your moment
Embrace the power of doubt
Discover the joy of discipline
Communicate in a language people understand
Pay attention to the janitor
Use the power of silence
The chapters begin with a story either describing an encounter the author had with Mother Theresa or telling a story about her life. The story is then tied into the principal and then the author tells how that principal was used in a business situation.

I enjoyed the stories about Mother Theresa and her sisters. As far as the management end of it, well, I'm not a manager, so I have a hard time saying whether the advice is good or not. The book was interesting reading. The only problem I had was that I thought the business examples were just too vague. I know it is hard in a book like this to walk the line between giving advice in a manner that it seems only good for widget making or whatever other particular business you are using as an example, and giving advice so general that it is hard to figure how to employ it in a specific situation. There were at least a couple of occasions on which I thought to myself that it would be nice to have had a better idea of what the problem was and how the principal in question was used to solve it. Grade: B
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This is a great book to be read more than once. A casual reader might feel somehow "tell me something I do not know", but this is precisely the point. If these simple principles can enable Mother Teresa to build a global organization, it sure will help average Joe. Not everyone is a manager or a wanna-be entrepreneur. But everyone is a leader; you lead yourself. This book is very simple but may takes time to understand. For example, "Joy of Discipline". How do you feel joy out of discipline? Well, read this book.
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Ruma Rosa provides a unique insiders view of the principles and practices of Mother Teresa's calling that are applicable to business. The continued success of the Missionaries of Charity is testimony to Rosa and Faust's insights.
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Being neither Catholic nor an executive of any level, this might seem an odd book for me to pick up, but I am glad that I had the simple pleasure and gentle learning experience this book afforded me.

As a young Hindi woman, during a time of aimless confusion in her life, Ruma Bose spent an extended period of time volunteering with Mother Teresa and her Sisters of Charity in India. Ruma has subsequently gone on to become a successful business woman. A dinner party conversation during which she sketched out the leadership style of Mother Teresa was the genesis of this book, on which Ms. Bose asked her mentor, Lou Faust to collaborate.

The book's structure is very simple. It is divided into eight chapters, each of which correlate with one of eight principles found by Ruma Bose to define the leadership philosophy of Mother Teresa. These principles are:

Dream it Simple, Say it Strong
Dealing with the Devil to get to the Angels
Wait! Then pick your moment
Embrace the power of doubt
Discover the joy of discipline
Communicate in a language people understand
Pay attention to the janitor
Use the power of silence

At the beginning of each chapter Ruma recounts an anecdote from her time with the gentle woman who began and grew one of the world's largest charity organizations. These brief snippets let the reader see various sides of Mother Teresa from a CEO standpoint. Lou Faust and Ruma then draw parallels to real world business situations.

The book left me with mixed feelings. It is useful in that I do not think you need to be a CEO to apply these principles to your life, and this broadens the scope of those for whom this will be an enjoyable read.
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Picked up tihs book to read on flight back to Texas from Singapore. What struck me most about this book was that the humanity of Mother Teresa. Not so much the principles, but the pain and sorrow that she saw every day in Calcutta.

The pain of dying, and seeing so much suffering around, even caused Mother Teresa to question the love of God.

Our environment and who and where we choose to spend our with and DOES and WILL influence and impact how we think, feel, and believe.

A humanitarian view of GOD and our beliefs.

William Teh
Investor | Author | Entrepreneur
TTTrends Investments
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Most of the same leadership thoughts on shared vision, community, and relationships. I would like to have read more about Blessed Mother Teresa.
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