Q and A with Author Ruma Bose

How do you react to criticism of Mother Teresa?

Mother Teresa was undeterred by criticism. Her answer would have likely been, "No matter who says what, you should accept it with a smile and do your own work."

I believe that each of us has the right to our own views. So while there are some people who criticize the work Mother Teresa did, I believe there are millions more who see the incredible, positive and loving impact she and the Missionaries of Charity have had on people around the world less fortunate than others.

What are the most important takeaways from this book?

I think that when people read our book we would like them to take away three things. First, you don't have to be a saint to begin to make these principles a part of who you are and how you interact with others, be it in your personal life or in your organization. Next, look for the simple solution. As Mother Teresa taught us, there is amazing power in simplicity. Look at the complexity in our lives and in our world today. It is hard sometimes to keep it simple. Finally, act with grace and humility. We think that these three messages are core to what we believe Mother Teresa's leadership teaches us.

Read more about this book and its authors and the Mother Teresa, CEO Patheos Book Club.

7/1/2011 4:00:00 AM
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