4 Lessons On How To Truly Be A Leader from Mother Teresa

Service towards your team, above all else, is the primary objective for great leaders. They inspire their team to persevere through the tough times, sharing in the spoils of victory when they reach their objective together. A title is simply something that represents the right to make decisions. It does not represent the right to shirk responsibility through gratuitous delegation.

There are few people in history that have embodied a service-filled leadership style more than Mother Teresa. Spiritual intelligence was her greatest gift, and it is always wise to pay attention to the example set by those who have come before you.

If you’re ready to break free from your 9-5 and lead your own company, or need to take your team to the next level, pay close attention to the following lessons, based on powerful quotes from Mother Teresa.

1.“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”

It is almost always better to find ways to build your team up with praise, instead of tearing them down with critical comments. Guidance can be phrased in ways that is more positive; focusing on the opportunity for future improvement, instead of the mistakes of the past.

When leading a team, the words of a leader echo far beyond those within earshot. Choose your words very carefully, for they have power.

2.“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”

The perfect plan is the enemy of a good plan. Accept the regrets of yesterday, and celebrate past victories as your roll into today. Your vision must be focused on the future, but your team’s actions need to be focused on the present.

As a leader, you are the visionary in your team. Empower your team to make today’s decisions, within the context of reality. Don’t let them be discouraged by the past, or bogged down by the future. If your team can embrace the here and now, they’ll earn the future that you’re working to craft.

3.“If you are humble nothing will touch you, neither praise nor disgrace, because you know what you are.”

Who are you as a leader? Jean Kim, M.D. points out that an insecure leader can be toxic to a work environment, which casts a long shadow over an employee’s mental health. If you’re unsecure in who you are, it’s time for a reality check.

Dive deep to understand the sources of your insecurities; your need for praise and attention. If you resolve those issues, you will be one big step closer to becoming the steadfast leader, on which the success of your enterprise will rely on.

4.“Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you.”

In a world driven by stock quotes and balance sheets, it’s easy to get caught-up in the numbers. Don’t let the numbers drown-out your focus on why you are here, and the steps you need to take to fulfill your company’s purpose. Successful brands are the ones that hold true to their values and understand why they’re willing to suffer short-term pain in order to have a chance at long-term success.

Are you willing to let go of your ego, live a life of service to your employees, and let your internal compass be your guide? Gather all of the information you need in order to be an informed, confident leader. Work through character flaws, and don’t let the past or future ruin your present. It’s time to rise up. With these lessons at the forefront of your thinking, persistence can take you anywhere.


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