Everyone hates office politics, but the best leaders learn to use and navigate the political process to their advantage, experts say. Politics has negative connotations but is actually about building coalitions for the common good. "I'll often hear people say 'I don't do politics,' 'I can't stand the politics.' ... If you feel that way but want to be effective in your organization, you need to get over it. Politics is literally a fact of life," Scott Eblin writes.

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