Power and politics in our daily life

A manager's leadership power

Leadership power in an organization is attributed to a management leader's skill, expertise and political will. Using a person's political expertise in the organization's daily course of transactions reduces the possibility of dissent between members-employees and the management, and chaos within the bureaucracy which might hinder the organization's overall growth. In essence power and politics go hand in hand with each other. One is indispensable without the other, in which the taking away of one weakens the other. But distinctions exist between the two that demarcate the line between the two.

There are many definitions of power and politics. Yet, we stick to the terms which are significant to management of an organization. Along this line, a known management author in the person of John Gardner wrote that "power is the basic energy needed to initiate and sustain action or, to put it another way, the capacity to translate intention into reality and sustain it." Then, along this context, politics is the act of harnessing this power to effectuate a change within the organization. as another author, Harold Lasswell, puts it, politics involves the exercise of power to get something done, as well as to enhance and protect the vested interests of individual or groups.

Thus, plainly speaking, power is the driving force which creates changes in the organization, but this needs a management leader with good political skill to guide and control it in effectuating beneficial results for member-employees and the organization as a whole. By analogy, an engine powers a car so that it will reach its destination, but it needs a driver harnesses that engine power and points the steering wheel to the right direction.

Globalization is engulfing the different national economies today. Organizations of different kinds, be it financial, political, or socio-civic, are gearing towards globalization, some have entered long ago into the globalization era, while some are reluctant to compete with international organization. But globalization is a reality; it will take the world completely whether organizations like it or not.

In certain aspects, globalization allows connectivity and integration between organizations of different nationalities. Furthermore, exchange of knowledge and technology is made possible. In economic terms, the government can exploit the advantages of globalization because the latter allows the regulation of prices, importation of products, interest rates and profit-making capabilities of nations and organization. It also allows multi-cultural business intercourses between organizations, and sharing of information across boundaries.

Government regulatory policies affect how globalization influences certain organizations. These policies stipulate rules and standards on how an organization is structured, the mode of interaction on how it will relate with other organization, and the monetary schemes to be used; regulatory factors that protect the government if ever the negative aspects of globalization hit the said organizations.

However, the beneficial effects of globalizations are so varied and numerous, that it is better to suggest that organizations should enter into the globalization mainstream. There would be an emergence of worldwide production markets, access to a broader range of goods and supplies, increase in exchange and information, and access to international financing assistance. The said advantages are just few of the positive results of globalization.