Integral management: The case of Mother Teresa
We are currently investigating the integral guide the example of Mother Teresa. We will use our results in a book that we call a "leadergraphy" I.S. publish short book to be written for leaders and leaders that goes beyond a mere biography. In this book, we describe the key aspects of its management as well as the process and way to develop them, has taken itself. Below we present some of our results.
Unlike the economy idealized too many leaders, in operation was Mother Teresa on a spiritual level. This she pushed an organization entirely devoted to the love and service to the poor to create and perform. They also did not want a leader himself to be. She took to become one, a Serving Leader. to give their lives and comfort for the sake of others. "Loving until it hurts," as they used to say.
was in 1946, when she was traveling, she experienced intense a divine presence that they called God from its Christian perspective, and she felt an "inner command" given. "Would have been they fail break faith with God." "It was an order," she said through her faith and obedience to this: She was leaving the comfort of their monastery and to help the poorest of the poor while living among them spiritual calling it reaches what some consider a human being as unattainable. The colleagues at work saw her as "a mix between a military commander and St. Francis". For example, when they tore West Beirut flown in the war, said a Red Cross official: "What all was stunned their energy and efficiency you saw the problem, felt on his knees, praying for a few seconds, then. was it a list of supplies needed drone -. diapers, plastic pants, chamber pots "
Unlike many guides, Mother Teresa was simple and modest. They did not take into account that heaped awards on them: "They accepted, but did so with a deep sense of their own unworthiness and an insistence that she has done on behalf of the poor so just." She was also incredibly respectful of others, including their own religion. For example, in all those years, she was not even obliquely known their Hindu biographer, Navin Chawla, not once she propose to him a transformation of faith. Your frequent refrain was him only: "You have not begun to pray?" Navin Chawla holds Mother Teresa as one of those rare souls who has overcome all barriers of race, religion, creed and nation: "You aim for no empire" he said, "no credit, even the salvation or moksha .. (It is) entirely dedicated to the removal of PEEDA paraayi (the pain of others). " This spirit of traditional leadership, whose aim is quite different is often on "other gain" for the benefice of a group, organization or nation.
The way Mother Teresa lead organizations was also quite surprising, goes against the most current advice in the traditional guide books. For example, they had to give up all resources and keep nothing for the future do not worry. She was steadfast in her belief that, as she said: "God sees". "Money," she explained, "I never give it a thought. It always comes. We do all our work for our Lord. He has to look after us." Accordingly, it would be too "spiritual character" attention. For them, if God did not provide for a specific project, it meant what she was doing, did not have to be a very different idea of traditional decision-making and strategic planning: "If he wants something done, he has to deliver us . If he does not with the means us with the resources available, it shows that he is not that certain work will. I forgot. "
Mother Teresa did not meddle in politics, as most current leaders do, to achieve what they want. But she used her influence when it came to promoting respect for human dignity and freedom. For example, a law that the freedom of religion bill was named proposed by the Indian parliament, an attempt to reinforce a discriminatory legislation, they wrote a letter to the Prime Minister of India: "This new movement that the front of the Parliament under is brought coverage of religious freedom is wrong. There is no freedom, if a person is not free to choose his conscience after (.). in all these years our people lived together in peace. Now religion is used as a deadly weapon, the love that they destroy each other, just because some Christians, some Hindus, some tribals. "
The last difference with traditional leadership, Mother Teresa was not just "do" about. She founded her order first on the depth of viewing. How to focus on the future, in contrast, they insisted to be additional measures necessary, grounded in the present moment and be filled with love. She looked at the lack of love and charity than this greatest evil in the world. Their beliefs were simple, almost transparent, around a unique principle: to love God and others. Communion and obedience to this principle gave her ambition and belief to do something, in fact, everything they could, for the poorest of the poor and an organization run that answers the pressing needs of the people.
But Mother Teresa was not perfect. She was in fact "one of us". Her life shows that she had to grow, sometimes painful, in the different dimensions of their lives, the physical, emotional, intellectual, social, ethical and spiritual. Her life shows that we could also take a similar path towards integral management. The "leadergraphy" we are working is not a list of magic recipes. We conceive to be an inspiring book, based on a specific example. We hope that the men and women working in private and public organizations inspire, not to engage in a religious order, but to engage in the path of holistic development and to make a real difference in the world by the best ever they can be. We are also other "leadergraphies" prepared for other integral leader.