Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration
This course allows us to focus on statesmanship—its definition, attributes, and application in the political arena. Before doing so, we need to understand the extent to which statesmanship and leadership overlap. After all, to be a statesman is to be a leader, but does that mean that all leaders are statesman? Before that question can be answered, we will look at a basic (and Biblical) overview of the key ideas of leadership which may be relevant to our understanding of statesmanship. In doing so, it is hoped that the reader will look for points of personal application from the principles being discussed. Not all of us will be called to be statesman, but we are called to influence those around us and society as a whole, for the better and for God’s glory, which is at the foundation of statesmanship, and which, moreover, is what leadership is all about.
Fischer, Kahlib, "Leadership & Statesmanship: An Introduction" (2012). Faculty Publications and Presentations. 522.