Though principle is the same, it makes for a strange contrast. In country politics its the regional players, small satraps that hold the key to the national parties coming to power. Or at long odds as of now, they may even be at the helm! In organisations, its the otherway round. Ones at the lower levels need to align themselves to significant players in the senior management level. Else its a matter of time before you realise what a career limiting move it is playing non-alignment. Politics are politics end of the day. Hold power, lead an entity and device means to do both and achieve material gains. So why is there such a difference when it comes to politics of running the country versus running a corporate? I would like to place my bets on one being a democratic institution and the other a dictatorial/autocratic. That in one the power (however fleetingly) rests in the fingure of the voter who chooseth versus the hand that signeth the paycheque. One is bottom-up in nature; power is vested by the grassroot citizens in the leaders who make believe they are close to them and the other top-down; power dispenses perks (including longetivity) to the ones they percieve are closer to them. How I wish corporates turn democratic! But till that happens, here’s me looking out for my MBA (Most Benevolent Autocrat) to align with.