Recognizing the “Political Realities” to Improve the Power of Leadership Influence
Achieving success for leaders often requires understanding and navigating the political realities of organizations, its executives and its culture.
During my many years of coaching executives I have been amazed at the lack of understanding some of them have had in recognizing the political realities of their own organizational situations. One example that comes to mind recently is from a senior executive who was having challenges in her interactions with her boss, the CEO of the company. The CEO felt that she was not timely in delivering on her commitments to him. This often resulted in his being frustrated and feeling like she did not take him seriously; which eventually led to his having the impression that she was trying to undermine him.