Was Plato right?
Plato said, “One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”
Office Politics are a fact of life. While they are often thought of negatively as a power struggle, objectively, they are strategies to achieve some desired outcome. When viewed as such, it’s good to have your own strategy for dealing with them.
Successful office politics rely on relationships. First, learn who the influencers are, who has the authority and the structure of the social networks that support them.
If you can form relationships across all strata of the organization: peers, management and executives, you can keep your finger on the pulse of the organization. Don’t align yourself with any one group, but understand what motivates them. Always be authentic in your interactions, start building relationships on trust and respect with those at your own level, and learn how to engage more senior or powerful people. Politically powerful people in your organization are good to get to know.
Always assume that anything you say will not remain confidential, so avoid criticism, complaining and always speak and act with integrity.
Relationships will gain you natural access to information, and help you build visibility for your own achievements and advancement.