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Business politics more about partnerships than petty grievances

Published: Monday, 18 June 2007   Category: Life after graduation | Professional & financial services

Business leaders in the UK are increasingly focusing on the politics of partnership and alliance building, a new report has revealed.

According to research published by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), bosses are now turning their backs on the pursuit of petty personal advantage in favour of building partnerships with their competitors.

The report, titled Leading with Political Awareness, revealed that just 31 per cent of respondents view politics as 'protecting their turf', while just 21 per cent believe that it is about 'personal advantage'.

"In a dynamic business environment, where globalisation is opening new doors on a daily basis, the shift to external partnership-building is good news for UK business," said Mary Chapman, chief executive of the CMI.

"It shows leaders accept that success can be achieved by the way they work with individuals. They recognise the need to talk, and relate to, people on a personal level.

"Increasingly, how good an individual is at using their political skills, with employees and external audiences, will determine personal, and business, success," she added.

The report showed that 59 per cent of respondents believe that good political skills are about 'alliance building', while 40 per cent said they are about 'interaction with government'.

The paper was published in association with Warwick Business School and considered the responses of 1,495 UK business leaders.ADNFCR-1068-ID-18183382-ADNFCR

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