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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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2MEASURING POLITICAL SKILL

No matter how high you’ve climbed or how good you are already, it makes sense to enhance your political skill. As we define it, political skill can help literally everyone in an organization improve their success at work whether they primarily interact with one person at a time or in a large team or group setting. If you make decisions about hiring, promotion, and retention, you need the political skill to make those decisions smoothly and to recognize the skill levels of the people you choose to bring in and keep. Likewise, if you contract for outside services in marketing or lead a customer services team—or lead or serve on a team of any sort—political skill is an important competency for you.

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