Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Political Skill: From the Center for Creative Leadership

According to the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), political skill at work is widely misunderstood and often maligned. This month, CCL's Leading Effectively looks at some of the connections between political skill and effective leadership.

<--(Village Politics, by Jazet, 1820)

Good Articles by CCL on Political Leadership:
What's Wrong With Office Politics?Bring up workplace politics and out comes a barrage of negativity: tales of a back-stabbing co-worker, game-playing, posturing and so on. How did politics get such a bad reputation? What makes office politics so off-putting — and so necessary? (more...)

Politics at Work: A Conversation with Gerald Ferris"Forget the assumption that politics is a bad thing, and hear me out," urges Gerald Ferris. "Political skill is a key component of effective leadership. By avoiding or ignoring workplace politics, you are limiting yourself and your organization." Ferris, a management and psychology professor at Florida State University and co-author of Political Skill at Work, says it is time to re-think your idea of politics. Here are excerpts from an interview with Ferris. (more...)

Six Aspects of Political Skill What sets apart a leader who is politically skilled from one who isn't? For one thing, "If you have political skill, you appear not to have it," says author and researcher Gerald Ferris. Read on as Ferris and CCL researchers decipher the elements of political skill. (more...)

Improve Your Political Skill Political skill may be a natural, or intuitive, trait for some; for others it feels uncomfortable and takes great effort. In either case, political skill must be practiced and honed in order to reap its benefits. CCL researchers Bill Gentry and Jean Leslie, along with Gerald Ferris, a management and psychology professor at Florida State University and co-author of Political Skill at Work, offer a range of strategies to improve your political skill. (more...)

Politics of Self-Promotion: Using Visibility to Benefit You, Your Team and Your Organization High-performing individuals and groups are often not recognized for their contribution. The antidote to being overlooked or underestimated is self-promotion. If you are not too comfortable with the concept and practice of self-promotion, you'll benefit from reframing old notions and limiting beliefs about visibility. (more...)

Results of the CCL Poll: Evaluation In CCL's March 2007 Leading Effectively e-newsletter, readers were asked: How does leadership development evaluation connect to your work and growth as a leader? Over 100 readers responded to the poll. CCL expert Kelly Hannum responds to the findings. (more...)

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