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Mother Teresa, CEO

Unexpected Principles for Practical Leadership

Ruma Bose, Lou Faust


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Paperback, Large Print (8/18/2011)
MP3 CD (1/24/2017)


What organization, founded in 1948 by a passionate entrepreneur and twelve loyal team members, grew to become one of the largest enterprises in the world? Today it has operations in over 100 countries, includes over 1 million team members, has raised and deployed billions of dollars in capital, and is one of the most recognized brands in history.
Is it Hewlett-Packard? Coca-Cola? Disney?
No, it is the Missionaries of Charity. And Mother Teresa was its leader.
How did this nun with no formal business training create a global brand, become a powerful fund-raising and public relations magnet, and lead a worldwide organization through every phase of growth over the course of forty-seven years? What were her secrets?
When we shift our lens and view Mother Teresa from a leadership perspective, a wonderful success story emerges, one filled with inspiration, life lessons, and impact.
Ruma Bose spent time in Calcutta working as a volunteer with Mother Teresa and her Missionaries of Charity in 1992. Over time, she discovered that Mother Teresa’s success resulted from the careful application of eight simple and unexpected principles. Through the pages of this book you will have the unique opportunity to learn these principles, share Bose’s experience with Mother Teresa, and discover how to apply Mother Teresa’s principles whether on a single project, throughout an organization, or in your life.
Modern, well-timed, and humane, Mother Teresa, CEO helps you discover how you don’t have to be a saint to be a great leader!

Praise For Mother Teresa, CEO: Unexpected Principles for Practical Leadership

"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. Ruma Bose'sThis 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 Theresa’s unique leadership skills is nothing short of a revelation. Having started my career in the social services world, some of the best business managers I have come across hail from that world, with Mother Theresa certainly a leading example. I found myself nodding and “Uh huh-ing” as I recognized the simple but powerful lessons that Mother Theresa’s eight principles can teach us all. Simply extraordinary.”
Jim McCann, Founder and CEO, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM and

“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 mindset 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 former 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, Chairman and CEO, TriLinc Global and former head of Deutsche Bank’s Private Wealth Management Division for North America
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“Numerous articles and books have been written about Mother Teresa the humanitarian. Most of these have been focused on the impact she has had on millions of lives, and not on her leadership skills that played an integral role in making her one of the most successful humanitarians of our generation. This book distills her journey into leadership principles that is easy to understand and emulate. An extraordinary effort and a must read for everyone, particularly aspiring leaders.
—William H.C. Chang, Chairman, Westlake International Group and Owner, DC United and the San Francisco Giants

"Mother Teresa, CEO is an important contribution to the emerging paradigm of 21st century leadership.  Ms. Bose and Mr. Faust have captured the essence of her leadership success in a compelling read that gives each of us practical ideas to leading our organizations. If success is the scorecard, Mother Teresa’s principles are a must read!"
William S. Thompson, former CEO, PIMCO

“Who would have thought an Albanian nun, based in the slums of Calcutta, would build one of the most recognized international organizations in the world.  How did she do it?  Bose and Faust write an inspiring yet practical book demonstrating the simple, profound principles that enabled Mother Teresa to build an organization that continues to do so much good in the world.  A must read for anyone interested in seeing the extraordinary possibilities one person can accomplish with vision, passion and determination.  Fascinating, thought provoking, and insightful!"
 —Melanie Schnoll Begun, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Philanthropic Services

"Mother Teresa inspired people throughout the world as a result of her work.  She truly was an extraordinary person.  This book looks at her work through the lens of her leadership for the very first time.  The principles put forth by Ms. Bose and Mr. Faust provide leaders in any organization a framework for ethical and effective leadership in today's tumultuous environment.  Read it.  Apply the principles and you and your organization will be on your way to becoming extraordinary.”
Robert White, Founder and CEO, Extraordinary People and author of Living an Extraordinary Life

Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 9781605099514, 144pp.

Publication Date: July 4, 2011

About the Author

Ruma Bose is president and co-CEO of Sprayology, a homeopathic and vitamin wellness company. She is actively engaged in philanthropy and sits on a number of nonprofit boards. She is originally from Montreal but resides in New York City.

Lou Faust is a businessman and advisor with thirty years of corporate experience, including ten years on Wall Street with Salomon Brothers, where he was a managing director and head of global operations. He is the managing partner and founder of Edge Capital Partners, which provides strategic advice to emerging growth companies. He lives in Broomfield, Colorado.