Organizational Politics Essay

1857 Words Aug 10th, 2013 8 Pages
Introduction
Organizations irrespective of their structure, design, hierarchies and outlook have one thing in common, the interplay of dynamics of different natured individuals who constitute them, say Porfeli and Vondracek (2001). This statement reflects three keen interest areas – firstly that individual employees who make an organization are natured differently and have varied interests, goals and personal ambitions. Secondly there is an interplay of these individuals’ intents and goals with those of the others and thirdly and importantly that this interplay translates into a dynamic organizational culture and politics. Politics is power in action cite Culbert and McDonough (1985). There can be no politics without power whether
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This is true even in organizations where attrition happens as a process of employees feeling isolated or alienated by their leaders, this not necessarily being a function of their performance but as a part of perception by them (Savickas, Mark L. 2009). And it is interesting that this perception is not one sided, even leaders and people in senior positions without a conscious realization, do make their favorites and non-favorites. There does exist such a subconscious phenomenon by way of which people like to favor their own personality types (Snell, Barbara. 2009).So a leader would be more interested in a subordinate who has the same kind of interests, hobbies and personality traits as his own. This is a concern that global enterprises are struggling to deal with as it’s not a happy sign. Though it is difficult for leaders to shed their preconceived notions and the perceptions about certain key team members based on a number of attributes other than performance, this signals nothing more than human weakness. This results into the crumbling of many organizations when leaders unknowingly end up basing their decisions…

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