Senior executives from a variety of organizations are often called to testify about health policy issues (as you saw in Unit 3’s group project about the U.S. congressional hearing). It is in the organization’s best interest if these executives are politically competent. Please address the following questions:
In general terms, what knowledge must a senior executive have to be considered politically competent?
What skills must a politically competent senior executive have? Explain.
As always, U.S. sources.
I have attached my response, as well as two highly relevant articles. I hope this helps and take care.
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1. In general terms, what knowledge must a senior executive have to be considered politically competent? What skills must a politically competent senior executive have?
Interestingly, political competence is not a widely used term in the healthcare and ethics literature. There appears to be no clear-cut list of the knowledge and skills necessary to be considered politically competent, as there is no consensus in the literature as what constitutes political competence. Saying that, though, I have located several good sources.
Competence is defined as the capability to decide and act. However, the notion of decision cannot be totally separated of the notion of act. Indeed, deciding refers to an act (What will we do? How? When?) and acting requires a decision process (at least to control the act, e.g., when we move one of our arms, a feedback of the motion is sent to decision processing centres to control it) (see http://ksi.cpsc.ucalgary.ca/KAW/KAW96/lecoeuche/main.html) .
Although senior executives probably need certain knowledge or meta-knowledge for achieving competence (i.e., political competence), there is no consensus in the leadership literature as to the exact nature of the knowledge or skills needed for this type of competence. There is a high overlap between other competencies and political competencies, so we will address the literature about some of the general competencies for senior executives, as well some of the literature about political competence.
A. Senior executives need to know how to hire competent workers: