Office Politics – Its Importance For Leadership.

Have you ever noticed that when you are working in flow on a particular theme or issue or with a specific group of people, that it seems like the Universe vibrates with you and opens up to you, or sends your way, the very best people or inspirational information on that theme or issue? That’s happened for me too many times in my professional life for me to believe it is co-incidence.

As you know from my last blog on How To Become Politically Savvy – Rising Above Office Politics, I have been conducting workshops around this theme of Office Politics. So when Michael Chang Wenderoth’s article from Harvard Business Review landed in my in-box with such a pro-active title – Great Leaders Embrace Office Politics – I had to read it. Not only that I copied and saved it to a folder on my computer. It makes a point that is very important for all of us to take notice of.

Top Executive Leader, Jill, Does Everything Right, But Still Misses The Promotion. Why?

It was the key point of his article, the story of top executive, Jill, who did everything she believed was right for a top executive leader to do, everything she was taught in her leadership development programs, yet she still missed out on the promotions she wanted.

I suspect Jill made the same mistake that more women leaders than men make, that if she worked hard, built great relationships with her team, gave 150% to her employer, that her contribution would be recognised   and acknowledged with promotion.

If you hadn’t noticed, it doesn’t work that way any more.

So what should Jill have done differently?

Here’s what Michael Chang Wenderoth says:
“Jill should have spent much more time managing up. She should have better managed decision makers, her boss, her image, and her own career.
Rather than being chained to her desk delivering great work, Jill should have been networking with the most influential executives, ensuring her contributions were noticed by those above her, and confirming that she was being perceived as executive-suite material. Managing a career in these ways is critical, but surprisingly few people do it.”

I highly recommend you read Michael’s short article here.

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