University of Wisconsin–Madison

Understanding Organizational Politics

Course Description

Organization politics are a natural part of any work setting. Sometimes those politics are ethical and helpful, other times they can be toxic and harmful. Being able to navigate the politics of your organization can help you be a better leader. This course will help you understand the dynamics of organizational politics.

Why should you attend?

  • Understand the definition, contributing factors, challenges and benefit of organizational politics
  • Reflect upon and assess the political climate of your organization
  • Identify your individual “political style”
  • Demonstrate techniques and skills to navigate organizational politics


UW–Madison Faculty and Staff




Theresa Kim, Learning and Talent Development, Office of Human Resources


This course is part of the Fully Prepared to Lead program.

“I learned that Organizational Politics is not avoidable. This class helped me understand how organizational politics could help me progress in my current position and made me self aware of what qualities and actions could be perceived positively and negatively.”
Kimaya, Clinical Research Coordinator, UW Carbone Cancer Center