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Carnival of HR: Office Politics: A Skill Women Should Lean Into...

Career Innovations is proud to host this week's Carnival of HR.  Carnival of HR is dedicated to bringing together the best posts from the HR blogging community! This post was submitted by Flynn, Heath, Holt Leadership. Each of their partners has spent more than 20 years as a senior executive in corporate America. They managed hundreds of people, oversee multi-million dollar budgets, and helped execute many mergers and reorganizations.

office-politics-red-white-blue-buttonWho says women don’t like office politics? Just about everyone: My clients. My colleagues. My mother. The sommelier at the French restaurant I ate lunch at last weekend. They’ve all complained about office politics. Some women claim they are not good at it, while others simply avoid certain hot-button business situations because they think playing politics is “sleazy.”

Need more evidence? In 2013, my partners and I conducted a combination of surveys and interviews with over 270 female managers in Fortune 500 organizations to determine what they liked and disliked about business meetings, and one of the things that repeatedly fell into the dislike column was politics. In the process of coaching and training women leaders over the course of a decade, we’ve maintained a running list of common threads—and a disdain of office politics is in the top three. In reviewing several thousand 360-degree feedback surveys we found that both women and their managers cite political savvy as an ongoing development need for women.

But, as Winston Churchill once said, when you mix people and power, you get politics. Politics is a big, messy issue encompassing everything managers deal with all the livelong day. And it’s not just a sprawling topic; it’s also a pivotal one for women, because backing off in political situations makes it impossible for them to succeed in the highest levels of leadership…

Flynn, Heath, Holt Leadership

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