Power and Politics for Women
Date and Time
Wednesday, February 9, 2011 from 7:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Mother Rosalie Hall, Room 102
San Diego, CA 92110
Power and politics are ever-present and necessary features of organizational life. Without them, much of what gets done in organizations could never be accomplished. Yet many women tend to avoid power and politics in organizations, often to their detriment. The purpose of this session is to explore some of the underlying dynamics that make it difficult for women to embrace organizational politics and to provide you with a detailed framework for better managing the power and influence process. In addition, we will discuss how power is lost and mechanisms for regaining lost power. As a result of this session, you should be able to:
- Appreciate the importance of power and politics in organizations
- Identify gender biases that might inhibit your ability to manage with power
- Outline an action plan for exercising influence in organizations
- Be aware of the factors that can lead to the loss of power
- Understand how to recover from a significant loss of power
Collectively, this session will provide you with the tools needed to harness power and influence in your organization and, as a result, be a more effective leader.
Stephen Standifird, PhD, is an associate dean and an associate professor of Strategic Management at the University of San Diego’s School of Business Administration. Prior to serving as associate dean, he served as director of the school’s nationally ranked undergraduate business programs. His current research interests focus on reputation and its impact on strategic competitiveness. He has been published in a multitude of journals and currently serves on the editorial boards of "Corporate Reputation Review" and the "Journal of Management Inquiry." He has served on a variety of not-for-profit boards and commissions most recently as a member of the city of San Diego’s Citizen’s Revenue Review and Economic Competitiveness Commission. He holds a PhD in organization studies from the University of Oregon, an MBA from Northwestern University, and a BS in chemical engineering from Purdue University.