Political Sensitivity: The ability to put oneself in a politician’s shoes, to distinguish the complexity of interests in politics, and to assess the feasibility of political proposals.
knows political relations
can put him/herself both in the position of the politician and the people
displays diplomacy and tact in delicate matters
distinguishes his/her responsibilities and limitations in delicate matters
knows when to come to the fore and when not to
comes up with information on the basis of which someone else can adopt a position
is able to present the pros and cons of political proposals
anticipates potential resistance
distinguishes and addresses a decision`s consequences
wins people over for certain proposals
lobbies at high levels for certain proposals
knows how to find the right people who want to advocate their ideas
has a broad scope on the workings of society and the trends and problems occurring
sees interrelatedness between different segments of society
Political sensitivity has no relation with TMA Drives.
Could you give an example of a situation in which your political attitude was of benefit to you?
Could you give an example of a situation in which your political attitude worked against you?
Could you give an example of a situation in which your political non-attitude was of benefit to you?
Could you give an example of a situation in which your political non-attitude worked against you?
Watch news programs on television, read newspapers that pay attention to local and national politics.
Get in touch with a colleague who knows politics well. Try and follow this colleague in order to find out who the major players are and what their points of view are. Seek to find out how this colleague decides what is important and why.
Keep yourself informed of developments that could affect your organization.
Be aware of both written and unwritten rules.
Take careful notice of your candidate’s body language. Does it correspond with his spoken language? Explain the importance of non-verbal communication in political situations.
Encourage your candidate to observe colleagues who are known to be sensitive. How do they behave in difficult situations? How did they develop their behavior?
Encourage your candidate to make an effort to understand other people’s ideas and points of view.
Encourage your candidate to ask colleagues to discuss situations with him when they perceived him to be insensitive. Ask the candidate to reflect on these responses.
Encourage your candidate to make a list of people who annoy him. Ask the candidate to make an effort to get to know these people in order to view their annoying behavior in the light of their qualities and their backgrounds. What can he learn from these people?
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