Organizational Politics

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1 Running head: ORGANIZATIONAL POLITICS Organizations as Political Systems: How Organizational Politics Influence Leadership Trident University International (TUI) MGT501, Module 5, CASE
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2 ORGANIZATIONAL POLITICS Organizations as Political Systems: How Organizational Politics Influence Leadership Organizations and businesses within society throughout the world rely on management, supervisor, and leadership to guide the business or organization down the path to success. Within every organization or business politics is an inescapable and intrinsic reality. According to the Leadership and Organizational Politics article, organizational politics is so intricately woven within management systems that relationships, norms, processes, performance, and outcomes are highly influenced and affected by it (Alagse, N.D.) In order to further explain organizational politics a definition of the terms is required. According to Alagse (N.D.), organizational politics can be described as self serving and manipulative behavior of individuals and groups to promote their self interests at the expense of others and sometimes even organizational goals as well. Organizational politics in a company manifests itself through struggle for resources, personal conflicts, competition for power and leadership and tactical influence executed by individuals and groups to attain power, building personal stature, controlling access to information, not revealing real intents, building coalitions, and so on. The relationship between organizational politics and leadership can be better understood from the fact that organizational leadership occurs in the context of groups, where followers are influenced by the leader to ensure their commitment and voluntary involvement towards predetermined outcomes. Political climate of an organization is impacted by a leader through treatment and use of authority under different settings which is clearly visible during the acts of decision making, setting agenda and interaction with others to mobilize support, inspire teams and individuals and recognize people. This interplay between leaders and their authority & influence over the followers set the tone for political climate in an organization.
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3 ORGANIZATIONAL POLITICS The understanding of organizational political systems is absolutely essential for leadership to move the company towards its goals. Internally grown leaders will have an advantage of knowledge of general political conditions prevailing in the company. Knowing the different coalitions and centers of influence which can create buy in or create road blocks within an organization is a huge advantage. Leaders from outside must put efforts to learn and understand the existing organizational politics through keen observation and focused interaction with different groups of people. Some of the indicators available for leaders to assess political climate is general job satisfaction levels, responsiveness to innovative ideas, and efficacy of
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