Office Politics And Its Effect On An Organization

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Office Politics Organizations are faced with office politics on a daily basis. According to a study of U.S. workers, it is estimated that 60 percent of workers believe office politics is necessary to get ahead in the workplace (Conner, 2013). Therefore, understanding the strategies that people use to gain advantage over another is the responsibility of a strong leader. The environment in which politics are allowed can have both a positive and negative effect on an organization. While office politics may be a workplace fact of life, containing or controlling it is possible with the right direction from leadership (MindTools, 2015). The former CEO of Intel, Paul Otellini, knows the importance of office politics and the climate in which it should be conducted. Otellini became the CEO in 1974, only six years after the company was founded and served as CEO for 36 years. He explains Intel’s political cultural as egalitarian allowing all to be equal (Karlgaard, 2011). Otellini leadership style in addressing politics is that anyone can and should speak up. However, he believes data and results should be the driving focus, therefore, committing to the vision and goals of the organization. Individuals should take risks and embrace innovation, but should conduct oneself with discipline instead of self-greed (Karlgaard, 2011). In terms of politics, Intel believes each person is responsible for demonstrating integrity and professionalism and demands this from each of their
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