Organizational Power Politics: Tactics in Organizational Leadership

Organizational Power Politics: Tactics in Organizational Leadership

Organizational Power Politics: Tactics in Organizational Leadership

Organizational Power Politics: Tactics in Organizational Leadership

Synopsis

This book is about how individuals can achieve their objectives in organizational work groups. Office politics, or organizational politics, is a significant part of the life of everyone who works with others in formal or informal groups. These relationships are power-tinged, and success can be attained only as we use power effectively. Understanding what power is and how it can be used to gain personal or group objectives is the focus of the book. It provides readers with specific recommendations about the situations in which power use can be effective, and it identifies those tactics most effective in leading subordinates and superiors toward the achievement of our goals.

Excerpt

The study of power as part of organizational political action by all stakeholders is an emerging field of interest aimed at improving individual leadership and overall organizational effectiveness. All participants in the group--regardless of kind of organization--have and use power; men and women, superiors, peers, and subordinates. Men and women emphasize somewhat different ways to use power, as do subordinates when compared to superiors or peers. Group member success regardless of group is dependent on the appropriateness of the particular power tactic(s) used in their political dynamics with others in the group.

The perspective taken in this book is practical in the sense that the orientation is toward applied power use by individuals associated through organizational relationships. The locus is, of course, the group--an organization characterized by unique culture, values, and mores. The centerpiece of this book is a grouping of twenty-two specific power tactics people use in varying contexts to gain their objectives. These tactics are typical of internal political action seen in the social groups and organizational units--the interpersonal relationships--in which we all operate.

THE IMPORTANCE OF POWER IN
ORGANIZATIONAL LIFE

Power is a part of all organized behavior. Organizational power politics permeates all organizational action. Using power is valuable to us as a means to achieve some desired future action in others. It is instrumental; that is, people use power as an aid to achieve their intended results. We use power to achieve . . .

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