Why Leadership with Political Astute is Important?
Political astute is recognized as a set of skills, knowledge, and judgments about the interests, goals, and values of stakeholders (Parr & Hartley, 2014). For leaders, political astute is important because it brings self-awareness, self-control, and influence. Also, they have the ability to negotiate, to stand up to pressures from others, and achieve constructive outcomes from conflict (Hartley et al., 2013, p 12).
A politically astute leader develops the skills in knowing people, having personal and interpersonal skills, building alliances, and strategic direction (Hartley et al., 2013, p 9). Leaders are also align to different interests, goals, and motives to a particular goal bringing strategic thinking in coordination to organizational purpose.
That brings us to the conclusion that leadership with political astute brings people together that then creates an environment that influences the process of decision-making in an organization.
Hartley, J., Alford, J., Hughes, O. & Yates, S. (2013). Leading with political astuteness. Retrieved from https://www.anzsog.edu.au/media/upload/publication/124_124_LWPA-report-Hartley-Alford-Hughes-Yates.pdf
Parr, S. & Hartley, J. (2014). Webinar: Leadership with Political Astuteness. Retrieved from http://www.open.ac.uk/business-school/alumni/news-and-events/forthcoming-events/webinar-%E2%80%98leadership-political-astuteness%E2%80%99