Office Politics Is Just Influence by Another Name

Harvard Business Review

The combination of emotional intelligence and, what the late great David McClelland, called socialized power , can result in influence strategies that make people enjoy working together toward common goals. Treat politics like the game it is, with all the seriousness and ethics it deserves. Influence Ethics Most of us cringe when we think about office politics. It’s a disgusting, immoral mess that we try to avoid.