Mother Teresa as a Role Model
The person I see as an excellent role model and exceptional leader is, as we know her today, Mother Teresa. She was born as Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu on August 26th, 1910 in Uskup; which is now known as Skopie, in the Ottoman Empire; which is now known as the Republic of Macedonia. (Ref. #3) She felt her calling from God at a young age and made the decision to dedicate her life to fulfilling that calling by doing an outstanding amount of charity work and helping poverty stricken people. I see Mother Teresa as a role model because she has a tremendous amount of faith, she is a very courageous and determined woman, she gave up all of the things that we ...view middle of the document...
(Ref. #3) In 1965, the Society was recognized as an International Religious Family by a decree from Pope Paul VI. The Missionaries of Charity is now spread all over the world with different branches including the Contemplative Branch of the Sisters, Active branch of the Brothers(1963); the Contemplative branch of the brothers was added in 1979, and the Priest Branch in 1984. (Nobel Lectures, Peace 1997, and Ref. #1)
I really admire the indestructible faith that Mother Teresa had. Throughout her entire missionary work she never went into a mission looking for a profit; she did everything out of the kindness of her heart and her love for her faith. She also never tried to force people to convert from their faith. She said, "There is only one God and He is God to all; therefore it is important that everyone is seen as equal before God. I’ve always said we should help a Hindu become a better Hindu, a Muslim become a better Muslim, a Catholic become a better Catholic. We believe our work should be our example to people. We have among us 475 souls - 30 families are Catholics and the rest are all Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs—all different religions. But they all come to our prayers". (Ref. #2) The strength she had in her faith in going out to places with some of the worst conditions for living is remarkable and admirable in itself.
Mother Teresa is a great leader because she was always very courageous and never lost her determination to accomplish what she had set out to do. It takes a lot of courage to leave your family at a young age and travel to a different country. Even when she had no money she was still determined it help as many people as she could; even if all she could provide them was words of encouragement. When others saw what a wonderful thing it was she was doing it made them want to help too. They would become volunteers at her charity and help carry on her work. To me, that is what being a leader is all about: having the strength and determination to accomplish you goal and being able to convince others to help your cause.
One of the most courageous things that Mother Teresa did, in my opinion, was giving up all of the material things that, in our modern day society, we consider necessities. She wasn’t working to make money; she was always trying to help others and do God’s work. She didn’t walk around with a cell phone or have a computer or own a car or a house. I, on the other hand, would feel lost if I left the house and forgot my cell phone; I couldn’t imagine going through life without these things. Mother Teresa spent all of her time seeking out those in need and helping them in any way she could; whether that be helping them get food and clothing, or bringing them to her charity to get shelter and education, or helping them beat an addiction through faith. When looking at how Mother Teresa lived her life and how bad some of the people’s conditions were, it really makes you stop and think about how fortunate we are to be blessed...