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  • Writer's pictureJean Lamoureux

Navigating the Choppy Waters of Internal Politics: A Leadership Perspective

Updated: Apr 9

Internal Politics

I've witnessed firsthand how internal politics can undermine a company's success. While politics are inherent in any organization, the negative effects can be profound and far-reaching. It can frustrate some of your best employees and dramatically impact your operations. Here’s a deeper dive into why leaders must be vigilant:

- Decreased Employee Morale: Internal politics often lead to a toxic work environment. When employees are more focused on navigating interpersonal conflicts or office politics, their morale dips. This is detrimental to not only their productivity but also their overall well-being.

- Impaired Decision-Making: In organizations rife with politics, decisions are often made based on alliances or personal agendas rather than merit or strategic value. This misalignment can steer the company away from its core objectives and impact long-term growth.

- Reduced Collaboration: A politically charged environment hampers collaboration. Teams that should work together for the common good may find themselves in competition, leading to silos and a breakdown in communication.

- Talent Drain: Talented individuals may leave an organization if they feel that meritocracy is overshadowed by politics. This leads to a loss of valuable skills and experience, further weakening the organization’s position.

- Eroded Trust: Trust is the foundation of any successful organization. Internal politics, especially when it involves backdoor dealings and hidden agendas, erode this trust, both among employees and leadership.

As leaders, our challenge is to recognize these dynamics and implement strategies that foster transparency, meritocracy, and open communication. By doing so, we not only mitigate the negative impact of internal politics but also cultivate an environment where employees feel valued and aligned with the company’s vision.

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