A QUESTION of LEADERSHIP

ELINOR JOHNSON

Johnson, a senior program associate for custom solutions at CCL in Greensboro, conducts a range of assessment and development processes for organizations and individual leaders. She holds an M.A. degree from Wake Forest University.

It has been said that politics is the art of the possible. Most executives might meet this thought with cynicism. Navigating the political landscape in any organization can be frustrating, confusing, challenging, and often defeating. Politics seems to be a purely negative aspect of corporate culture, yet it is inherent to organizational life. As long as individuals differ in their views, goals, needs, and thoughts, politics is the environment in which leaders must operate.

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