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Political Skill at Work: Impact on Work Effectiveness by Pamela L Perrewt, Sherry L Davidson, Gerald R Ferris

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1CONSIDERING THE NATURE OF POLITICAL SKILL

Political skill has a bad rep, conjuring up images of behind-the-scenes manipulation, self-interested behavior, and favoritism at its very worst. Of course, people have used their skills to mask their abuse of position and authority, but that’s not what political skill is. We present a more balanced perspective here, outlining the skill set necessary to operate effectively and create an environment where trust and relationship building are the norm. Real political skill is a positive force, and it is essential for job and career success in organizations today.

To thrive in today’s workplace, you need to understand what to do and how to do it in genuine, sincere, and convincing ways. You also need to ...

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