Introduction Have you ever wondered what role politics and power play in organizations? When used effectively they can be compatible in reaching the organizations goals. Power is defined as the ability to get someone to do something you want done or the ability to make things happen in the way you want them. (Schermerhorn, Hunt, and Osborn, Chap. 15). Power is important within organizations because it is the way in which management influences individuals to make things happen. When power and influence combine, most of the time "politics" become involved in some manner which may pose some problems. Organizational politics is best described as management influenced by self-interest through the use of means not necessarily
…show more content…
Office politics play an important role in any organization it can have a positive and negative role. High end mangers and leadership use politics to get what they want. This could be a better outcome to a pending deal or to coerce another key leader to jump on the same band wagon. They use experience and position to manipulate beliefs, values and ethics.
"Killing to acquire and secure power, for Dummies" would be an apt subtitle for Niccolo Machiavelli's book The Prince (Vines, n.d., 1). Political power can be used many ways but the most prevalent is the use of a position or management to fulfill ones personal needs whether they be monetary or quid pro quo which means I'll scratch your back if you scratch mine. Positions of little or great power have the ability to manipulate others to get want they want. A recent example is the United Nations workers who were giving out food to people of the Congo in Africa. Some of the UN workers who were issuing out food have been accused of giving food to women and in turn they would receive sexual favors. Though this is drastic situation these men had really no political power other than needed food and a UN title. The women chose sexual favors over starvation because they had a want and need to survive.
Contrast of Power v/s Politics
Power is the act of manipulating a person to do something, usually people tend to