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Things to Think About: “What is the difference between a politician and a statesman?

Things to Think About

By Pepper de Callier

“What is the difference between a politician and a statesman? A politician cares about the next election and a statesman cares about the next generation.” Benjamin Disraeli

The 21st century is creating some interesting parallels between the worlds of government and business and this point could not be better made than by this quote from the former twice-serving, 19th century, British Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli. More and more, people are asking their leaders to look beyond the immediate for more sustainable outcomes. More business leaders, Boards, and investors seem to be getting the message.  Unfortunately, the lure of populist politics is proving to be much more tenacious.  There is hope on the way, however.  The Millennial Generation has the values to make the needed changes in government and, to them go my warm wishes for success.

Good luck on your journey.

About the Author: Founder and Executive Director of Prague Leadership Institute, which was named “Best Corporate Leadership Coach Europe—2015”, by U.K. based Corporate Vision, Pepper de Callier, is one of the most respected senior executive coaches and authorities on leadership in Europe. Learn more about him at /

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