A question came up about dealing with office politics in a leadership group which reminded me that many people don’t understand a key facet of a leader’s job… What is often labeled “politics” is the core of what we (rightly) focus on: communication, understanding perspectives, solving problems and connecting people.

That is the productive work. That is the value you deliver as you move further up the ranks of leadership.

Getting people to work well together is hard (and yes, stressful). But, it’s the job and when done well, is incredibly rewarding.