The Politics of Leadership


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Expert Perspective on Leadership

In his soon to be published book about organizational politics (The Politics of Leadership, Joe Davidson writes: “Politics is the same phenomenon whether in the civic life of nations, communities, organizations, or groups. The full consideration of political implications for any exercise of power can mean the difference between success or failure for leadership decisions and actions. Effective leaders need a clear perception of the political landscape in order to achieve personal and organizational results. By recognizing political awareness as a key leadership competency and designing developmental interventions to build that competency in current and future leaders, leadership development practitioners can directly contribute to improved organizational performance and results.”

The book, to be published in the spring of 2011, compares Davidson’s insights gained as a political operative working personally with Illinois Governor Dan Walker, President Jimmy Carter, and a number of state and national legislative candidates to his later experiences as a human resources executive and consultant.  Davidson says: “The political dynamics of organizational life are no different than those that are now part of our national consciousness because of the 24/7 cable news cycle driving political discourse.”

This book is a must read for anyone whose personal and professional success requires skillful negotiation of organizational politics.
To read the excerpt click here: The Politics of Leadership.  To see other articles available in the Grahall Library click here.

Joe Davidson is a consultant with Grahall Partners, LLC. His consulting practice is focused on Human Capital strategy and alignment of Human Resource processes with overall business strategies. He works with clients across a wide array of industries including professional services, financial services, life sciences, telecommunications, retail, manufacturing, and public sector among others. Joe leads his own consulting firm, Davidson Human Capital, based in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex. 

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