Politics and Power

Power and politics

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Power and politics

Introduction

What roles do power and politics play in an organization? Well, these two phenomenons are essential in the leadership of any organization. This is because if employed efficiently, they help the organization achieve its goals. Power is the ability to make things done in a preferred way while politics is the managerial influence based on self-interest.

Comparison of power and politics in organizations

      According to Lentner (2004), power and politics are top elements involved in leadership of any organization that cause either the downfall or success of the company. This is because they have a significant impact on the activities of the company. Thus, managers can either abuse their offices or use their position wisely. It is a fact that a better understanding of power and politics within an organization improves a company‚Äôs leadership practices and ethics. Most importantly, in any organization power and politics involves finance, individuals, time, resources, and influence. These elements define the degree of power and politics in an organization. Thus, most managers work towards acquiring this to help them gain total control of the organization decision-making process.   Power involve social accountability, conduct, organizational customs, and authorized administration teams. Politics involve an individual arrangement surrounded by customary and non-customary self-indulged administrative positions and employing individual principles and customs into business affairs. As evident, these two elements constitute similar rudiments; thus, their structure is almost the same. For instance, both constitute customs, demeanor, and principles. Most importantly, the two concepts involve the exercising of power within an organization.

Contrast of power and politics in organizations

      Daft (2009) divulges that power and politics in an organization contrast in...