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Mother Teresa was attending a party full of dignitaries. The guest list included presidents and statesmen from around the world. They came in their crowns and jewels and silks. Mother Teresa wore her ever-present sari, held together by a safety pin.

True leadership must be for the benefit of the followers not the enrichment of the leaders.


She was engaged in conversation with a nobleman who was intrigued by her work to the poorest of the poor in Calcutta. From his vantage point, her work seemed endless and frustrating. He asked her if she didn’t become discouraged by seeing so few successes.

“No, I do not become discouraged,” Mother Teresa answered. “You see, God has not called me to a ministry of success. He has called me to a ministry of mercy.”

Stevenson, P. (2007). 5 Things Anyone Can Do to Lead Effectively (p. 33). Indianapolis, IN: WPH.

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