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The Qualities of Statesmanship

“A politician thinks about the next election. A statesman, the next generation.”

James Freeman Clark (1870)

The School of Statesmanship at Ascension University is focused on the characteristic qualities of true Statesmen.

Consider the Qualities of a True Statesman

The above list represent the minimum ideals of a true statesman (or woman). The individual will be stronger in some and weaker in others, yet as they strive for these ideals by serving the public they will sculpt a unique value proposition. Other positive qualities can and should be added to the list depending on the unique nature of the individual personality. The more harmonious the blend of these values in a person’s heart and mind, the more effectively will they be able to serve.

A Statesman is a Thoughtful Deliberator

A true statesman carefully builds a comprehensive and well rounded decision package before any final action. Some governments publish a notice of pending regulatory change inviting the public to chime in prior to any decision making that would affect the masses.

Principled Compromise and the Statesman

The Statesman must balance the need to advance worthy goals with the stability of previous progress. The ability to compromise is never a submission to the baser elements of the self or the public. Higher ideals must always be paramount in mind and principal.

The Creative Vision of Statesmanship

The true statesman is always working in collaborative ways to refine and upgrade the unifying and coordinating qualities that advance the shared vision of not only the hopes of their constituents today, but more-so the overarching ideas and ideals that move civilization from one level of attainment to the next.

The Pervasive Integrity of the Statesman

Statesmen exude an essential internal integrity that inspires confidence in them as leaders. Statesmen know they are always moving toward ‘a more perfect union’ therefore the citizenry can rest assured they will always meld their constituency’s highest and best interests with their fellow countrymen.

The Service Minded Statesman

The primary motivational ideal at the heart of statesmanship . . .

The Statesman as a Civil Communicator

One vital public and private ability for the statesman is effective communications.

Wise Leadership and the Statesman

Knowing when to lead and when not to lead is a foundational talent for the aspiring statesman. Unity should not be confused with uniformity and people have their own individual aspirations and goals. The statesman must focus on the collective goals without in any way usurping the authority of the Divine Spirit complement that indwells …