The word politics often has negative connotations for both employees and managers in organizational settings. That is, individuals may associate organizational politics with activities such as closed-room deal making or negotiations, secret pacts, the manipulation of others for one’s own good, favoritism, and/or a host of other self-serving acts or behaviors. Although these activities may indeed occur under the broad umbrella of what is considered to be organizational politics, political skill itself is not inherently bad. In fact, given the nature of how work gets done in today’s organizations (e.g., the interdependence and collaboration among individuals required for team and organizational success), political skill is actually a necessity and is a skill that, when used appropriately, can have a positive impact on employees, managers, and ...

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