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Topic 1: Developing Ethical Political Strategies

Many people have a rather negative view of organizational politics due to unfavorable situations experienced in the workplace. However, there are specific political tactics and strategies that are actually very positive and ethical. These are divided into three general categories: gaining power, building relationships, and avoiding political blunders. Based on your last name (see below), select one of the strategies that you do well in that category and explain how it may have worked well for you thus far. Next, select two of the strategies in that category that you could improve upon and provide recommendations for accomplishing this in the next three to six months.

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Category Assignments:

  • Gaining power: Last name begins with A-J
  • Building relationships: Last name begins with K-R
  • Avoiding political blunders: Last name begins with S-Z

Topic 2: Leadership Practices for Empowerment

The concept of empowerment involves shared leadership. Empowering people at various levels actually increases an organization’s ability to capitalize on talents at all levels of the organization and may lead to a competitive advantage. Figure 7-2 in the text summarizes nine leadership practices that may lead to effective empowerment. Locate a current events or magazine article from the past year related to a business organization or business leader that has successfully implemented leadership practices for empowerment.

Write two well-written paragraphs (about 250 words total) regarding the article you select. The first paragraph will summarize the important points of the article in a way that brings clarity and learning to all who read it. The second paragraph will include your analysis of the relevancy and accuracy of the article as well as how you may apply what you learned to your own leadership journey.

Note: Using the ProQuest Newsstand database in the Library is a great method to access current and relevant articles.