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Political Skill at Work: Revised and Updated

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781529374674

Price: £25

ON SALE: 9th July 2020

Genre: Economics, Finance, Business & Management

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Political skill is a characteristic that can facilitate good things for individuals and their organizations. Yes, it is possible that political skill can be used and to get away with self-serving acts at the expense of others, but contrary to the stereotypical perceptions of being political, political skill is about more than manipulation. In fact, political skill enables people to build trust and forge positive relationships, and leaders often need it to influence others and access resources critical to their teams’ success.

This edition has been revised and updated with more than 15 years of additional research on political skill, as well as new examples that demonstrate why, in today’s organizations, career success depends more on political skill than on almost any other characteristic.


Based on extensive empirical research, Political Skill at Work provides substantive, practical advice for people to assess their political skill, develop it further, and use it effectively. Because organizational politics is, as the authors note, ubiquitous and important, everyone should consume the valuable information this book provides.
Jeffrey Pfeffer, Professor in the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, and author of Power: Why Some People Have It—and Others Don’t
Political skill is essential for anyone's success in the workplace. This new edition of Political Skill at Work is the definitive guide to understanding and navigating the world of organizational politics. Authored by top scholars in the field, it is a must-read for leaders and non-leaders alike.
Ronald E. Riggio, Ph.D., Henry R. Kravis Professor of Leadership and Organizational Psychology, Claremont McKenna College
Don't complain when others play politics. Become a master politician yourself. This new edition of Political Skill at Work uses fascinating examples and robust evidence to make the case. Want to start playing the politics game? You already are.
David A. Buchanan, Emeritus Professor of Organizational Behaviour, Cranfield University School of Management