Annie D Womack
Management and Organizational Behavior (Module 5 Case Assignment)
Dr. John Eveland
22 Mar 2010
Leadership depends on understanding the Politics of the Organization
By Annie D Womack
The goal of each organization is to build high performing cohesive teams with strong leadership skills. To accomplish this goal, organizations must understand politics. “Politics is a process by which groups of people make collective decisions. The term is generally applied to behavior within civil governments, but politics has been observed in other group interactions, including corporate, academic, and religious institutions. It consists of “social relations involving authority or power” and refers to the regulation of a political unit, and to the methods and tactics used to formulate and apply policy” (Wikipedia). Knowing what politics mean, lets better understand organization politics. Organization politics relate to the behavior of a person, which deal with our personality. Organizations must capitalize on the endless opportunities afforded to them by the highly competitive power in this global economy. In doing so—they must really understand the relationship between leadership and politics. The organizational must be positive and remember the interplay between leadership, authority, influence and followers.
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.
|Interplay between leadership, authority, influence and followers |