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This session is based on content from Professor Anderson’s course, Power and Politics in Organizations. It is designed for individuals interested in learning more about the art and science of influence in organizations. Many people are ambivalent, if not disdainful, of those who seek to wield power and influence at work. But organizations are fundamentally political entities, and power and influence are key mechanisms by which things get done.
For aspiring leaders, it is important to be able to diagnose organizational politics in order to form and implement new strategies. In addition, leaders are usually on the receiving end of these processes. An astute leader knows how to anticipate moves that others will make, how to block or avoid them when they have undesirable consequences, and how to help these moves succeed when their consequences are beneficial.