Unit 5: Discussion
The word politics often elicits more negative than positive connotations. Popular culture portrays politicians as underhanded, power-hungry, and ruthless in their ambitions. Nevertheless, all persons possess the capacity to engage in self-serving behavior. Politics exist wherever conflict and competition collide. Organizational politics, behavior that is not formally sanctioned by the organization, focuses on maximizing one’s self-interest, often at the expense of the organization or other employees. Whether one chooses to engage in it or avoid it, organizational politics is a reality in every workplace. Hence, a critical component of any leader or managers’ decision-making processes.
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Read carefully “Examining the Evidence- Political Behavior: A Viable Coping Strategy for Organizational Politics?” found in Chapter 13 of the Neck et al. textbook. For the discussion by:
- Identify positive effects of organizational politics as articulated by academic and business sources (not just the Neck et al. textbook)
- Assessing best practices for mangers and leaders to leverage effectively organizational politics (make sure to base your assessment on scholarly and practitioner literature, not just your opinion)
- Evaluate best practices for managers and leaders to minimize negative employees’ perceptions of organizational politics.
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