Of the ten qualities of a good leader, organizational awareness is one of the most important.
This isn’t just an understanding of the technical heirarchy of a corporation, or being able to remember who’s who at the Kiwanis, the Chamber office, or your local business association.
It’s a more nuanced understanding of who’s networked to whom, who has which skills or potential, who’s got power — and who wields it constructively and not so constructively. It’s also a nuanced understanding of how to work within all these relationships.
Organizational awareness — sometimes refered to as political awareness — is something some people seem to be born with. But it’s also something that tends to come with age, experienece, and the ability to observe people and situations closely.