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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

Little did Disraeli know that this quote would have relevance to the corporate world of the 21st century.  Reflecting on it brings to mind people like Warren Buffet and others who think far beyond the panic of the quarterly report and are more concerned with building long-term value. With regard to the way you conduct yourself, with whom would people be most likely to compare you: a politician, or a statesman?

Till next time…

About the Author: Pepper de Callier is one of the most respected senior executive coaches and authorities on leadership in Europe. Learn more about him at