Charles A. Dana was Abraham Lincolns assistant secretary of War. Dana assessed Lincolns political skills rather positively (Sidney Blumenthal, Lincoln Plays to Win Newsweek, 10/22/12, pp. 3238):
Lincoln was a supreme politician. . . . He understood politics because he understood human nature. (p. 34)
So politics and human nature sort of go together? I think so, and that is not automatically a negative thing, although some people view it that way. President Abraham Lincoln accomplished as much as he did because he did in fact understand human nature. He was a skilled politician.
In the business world the same dynamics apply. Being political simply means you understand human nature and you know how to navigate that domain. In so doing, you tend to accomplish more than you would otherwise.
Business is very much about technology, money, business plans, and strategies. Business is also very much about relationships. Relationships underlie everything you do in business. So the more effective you are in your relationships, the more effective you will be in business.
Besides, if it worked for Abe, thats good enough for me.
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