Building your influence as a Leader
For individuals wanting to develop their leadership skills
Influence and Organizational Politics
Recognize actions that use politics to influence others in a positive way.
Organizational Politics ...
... are at work in your organization. Denying this or purposely abstaining from the use of politics will diminish your capabilities as a leader. Politics exist in every organization because the individuals and groups that make up an organization have different, and often competing, interests.
Competing interests make politics a fact of life in organizations.
The competition for limited resources and the need to cooperate to achieve organizational goals introduces political behavior.
Politics can be positive or negative, and as a leader, you must be careful to refrain from using politics in a negative way.
Avoid using politics to further the goals of one set of stakeholders at the expense of another, pitting stakeholders against each other, and abusing position power.
After you have examined your organization's political frame and how you're going to operate within it, you can start using politics, in a positive way, to influence others.
Two strategies you can use are creating strong relationships and promoting unifying goals and objectives. Both will increase your influence and political power, and your leadership capabilities.