I've had several jobs post-graduation already and whereas I always exceed expectations when it comes to my performance (i.e. shown expertise/ skills in the field I'm active in), I feel I could work on my office politics skills. Till now I just avoided all politics. I hate politics. But several times I even felt victim to the office politics: I was seen as threatening and humiliated/ treated aggressively/ forced to quit for someone to save their face, etc.
It can be that in certain industries (IT?) that's not so important, but in mine (let's say finance) it's everything.
What do I mean precisely?
- Building coalitions, making people support me
- Exerting influence, "making people do what I want them to" (logical arguments work at times... But frequently they don't)
- Being considered knowledgeable and being liked, being the "go-to" person, being invited to participate in projects and initiatives
I'm an introvert. A sociable, outspoken but an analytical introvert. I like having time to think. I don't like being in a crowd and feel like an alien among loud people competing with not always not exactly fair means. I mention that since I believe it makes navigating human relationships slightly more difficult.
What are the ways to get better in the area of office politics? My goal is 1) to avoid problems I sometimes had in the past (being bullied, excluded, etc.) and 2) achieving a career progression.
I honestly even searched for courses but haven't found anything at my location.