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Political skills increasingly vital to career success, says survey

According to a new study by the Chartered Management Institute and Warwick Business School, political skills are increasingly being seen as vital to career success.

The study found that most individuals believe the political skills that build alliances will grow in importance in the next 5 years.

Respondents suggest that by 2012, partnership working is expected to become a priority for UK business leaders (63 per cent, up 6 points from today), followed by the need to influence regulators or government (53 per cent, up 10 points) and secure external funding (35 per cent, up 3 points).

While 21 per cent of the 1,495 respondents view politics as 'pursuing personal advantage', nearly twice as many (39 per cent) believe political skills are about 'reconciling differences'.

Jo Causon, director of marketing and corporate affairs at the Chartered Management Institute, said: "In a dynamic business environment, the shift to external partnership-building is good news for UK business. Increasingly, how good an individual is at using their political skills, with employees and external audiences will determine personal, and business, success."

The Institute is running a seminar on 'Dealing with political awareness' at its National Convention, at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole, 11-12 October 2007.

The organisation says the session will focus on the benefits of mastering political skills and will enable participants to benchmark their own abilities and explore routes to develop greater political astuteness.

Under the theme of Management and Leadership for Tomorrow, the seminar will form part of a series of 40 workshops at the two-day conference. Issues such as inspirational leadership will be covered, alongside seminars on performance management and preventing fraud in organisations.

At its National Convention, the Institute will also showcase two new pieces of research. The reports look into the quality of working life amongst UK employees and the learning and development habits preferred by individuals and their employer.

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