Chapter 26. The Leader as Politician: Navigating the Political Terrain

Lee G. Bolman

Terrence E. Deal

The space shuttle Challenger disaster teaches a chilling lesson about how political pressures distort momentous decisions. Similarly, the implosion of firms such as Enron and WorldCom shows how the unfettered pursuit of self-interest by powerful executives can bring even a giant corporation to its knees. Many believe that the antidote is to free leadership from politics. But this is unrealistic. Enduring differences lead to multiple interpretations of what is important, and even what is true. Scarce resources require tough decisions about who gets what. Interdependence means that people cannot ignore one another; they need each other's assistance, ...

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