Jane Perdue of The Braithewaite Group and the Life, Love & Leadership blog has introduced a challenging topic with a post called “Politics are Necessary but Not Necessarily Evil” where she introduces the idea that many of the core characteristics of quality leadership are also the central tenets of office politics. The only difference is the motive.
Over the course of the next four weeks, Jennifer Miller, Susan Mazza and I along with Jane will be examining one characteristic of leadership looking both at the “dark side” and the the “light side.” For example, Jennifer will consider the light and dark sides of necessary leadership skills such as networking and relationship building. Susan will look at how leaders set agendas and frame the conversation, and Jane will share tips for leaders on becoming more influential and socially aware. My post will be up next Tuesday, 1/26/2010 on authenticity and sincerity.
So how do you check your motives when applying your leadership skills within your organization? Check out this introductory post and let’s start the discussion.