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Beating office politics is key to successful leadership - 29-06-2007
Leaders place career transitions- the point at which leaders are promoted from one level to the next - second only to dealing with divorce when considering different life events.

59% of leaders rate career transitions as very or extremely challenging according to the latest research from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Office politics is one of the main challenges facing these leaders with almost half of the top level leaders stating that they feel unable to address it within their organisation and around a quarter saying it is the toughest challenge to overcome.

Vanessa Robinson, CIPD's Organisation and Resourcing Adviser said:

"Leaders should encourage frequent, consistent and clear communications to eliminate any ambiguity, uncertainty and politics. Otherwise senior teams risk being riven by disagreement and shifting alliances, and operating in a way which rewards political manipulation.

"A leader does not operate in isolation. Support from colleagues and the organisation are essential if a leader is to be successful. Our research shows that coaches and external advisors play the most significant role in leadership transitions with 43% of senior level leaders citing their contribution.

"We wouldn't expect people to take on an unfamiliar technical role without the appropriate training and support. Yet all too often we're happy to let people loose on important leadership roles without helping them to develop the necessary skills.

"Providing training and equipping leaders with the right resources and development tools are essential. Leaders need to understand that their new role requires different ways of thinking and a 'mental shift'."


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