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Manager as Politician

Date: To Be Determined
Length: 3.5 hours
Place: FHSU Memorial Union or on-site



Politics is a way of life in every organization. Like it or not, managers must develop political savvy in order to succeed as leaders; every interaction has political undertones that affect a manager’s performance in the workplace.

As politicians, managers are called upon to bring together parties with different (and often competing) agendas, and to demonstrate the experience, capabilities, and qualities necessary to solve problems and make decisions in a timely fashion. As politicians, managers must be keenly aware of the human and organizational aspects of conflict – along with techniques to resolve it – while successfully balancing individual, group, and organization-wide goals and priorities.


Learning Objectives

During the workshop, you will:

  • Understand effective transformational leadership and how it can contribute to positive organizational outcomes
  • Learn how to step over land mines, overcome challenges and develop skills and instincts necessary for political survival
  • Learn key roles and responsibilities to ‘navigate’ political situations
  • Identify your "People Styles" based on Bolton and Bolton's 2009 book, People Styles at Work inventory

Target Audience

This workshop on managers as politicians s is ideal for anyone currently leading or managing people within the workplace. This is also an excellent workshop for those transitioning into middle-management roles such as team leaders or supervisors.


Workshop Materials

All participants will receive Dr. Jerry Gilley’s 2006 book, The Manager as Politician, which is packed with practical information and resources for future use. You will also receive a workbook with resources used throughout the session.



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