Being politically savvy is not about pushing others down or being untruthful to advance your own cause. Instead, it means building networks—relationships—with people inside and outside your company who can provide useful information and assistance. It means not picking fights over issues that aren’t critical.
Evidence shows that organizations that have strong cultures are capable of increasing revenue, profitability and shareholder value. Likewise organizations with weak cultures find it difficult to change and adapt to market demands.
The single most important ethical leadership behavior is “keeping promises,” followed by “encouraging open communication,” “keeping employees informed,” and “supporting employees who uphold ethical standards.” If an organization has leaders who simply don’t “walk the talk” when it comes to ethics, there’s little hope of maintaining a strong ethical culture.