Power and politics in project management

Power (and politics) is probably the most important topic in project management but at the same time one of the least discussed subjects. Power, in the engineering sense, is defined as the ability to do work. In the social sense, power is the ability to get others to do the work (or actions) you want regardless of their desires. When we think of all the project managers who have responsibility without authority, who must elicit support by influence and not by command authority, then we can see why power is the most important topic in project management.
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