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 whether to go forward or not
retrieves information on the basis of which someone else can adopt a position
is able to see the pros and cons of political proposals
anticipates potential resistance
distinguishes and addresses consequences of a decision
wins people over for certain proposals
lobbies for certain proposals at high level
knows how to find the right people who want to push their ideas
has a broad view of how the society works and what trends and problems arise from it
sees how different segments of society are interrelated
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 watch his 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 thought he didn't show enough understanding of other people's feelings. 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?

FAQs

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.

  • 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?

  • knows political relations
  • can put him/herself both in the position of the politician and the people
  • displays diplomacy and tact in delicate matters

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