The Three-Dimensional Leader: Negotiating Your Mission, Resources and Context devotes an entire chapter to government’s problems due to politics. The book also cites an opinion poll that “office politics” create “workplace frustrations” for lots of people, and it contains interviews of several leaders, one of whom tells the story of taking over an organization that had been demoralized because “A lot of backbiting politics had taken place, and the managers could not get any support from the previous CEO.”
Governments often promote political slogans that sound good, but pit us one against the other, while failing to deliver operations that do little more than run up deficits.
3-D Principles’ Positive Political Possibilities
On both an individual and organizational level politics can be good and bad. Good politics is when I negotiate with you to fulfill the organization’s mission. Bad politics is when I manipulate people and circumstances to achieve my selfish or one-dimensional ends. The Three-Dimensional Leader states the goal is to a) do the right thing, b) in the right ways and c) for the right reasons.”
The most competent leaders “limit the politics that become the distractions that cause organizations to be driven by the personalities rather than by a common focus on their missions.”
It takes principled and skilled leadership to negotiate doing what is best for “We the People” in environments characterized by “politics as usual.” Three-Dimensional Leadership is a value system that focuses leaders on overcoming negative behaviors in our personal and workplace relationships and in the context of inter-organizational and governmental processes.