Why We Do This
Navigating the politics of an organization and building critical networks are the most common developmental needs when leaders are given feedback on their competencies. It can make or break a leader’s success.
Being smart and hard-working is not enough to be a strong leader or for one’s work to be recognized by others as useful. The art of involving the right stakeholders and communicating your work to them are critical skills.
Also, the higher the leadership level in an organization, the more important it is to develop stronger networking and political savvy. So, this is a muscle that should be developed and strengthened over time.
In the midst of these networks and politics are systematic barriers that have hampered the leadership pipeline for emerging women leaders.