Workforce Success

By: Sarah Grady
By: Sarah Grady

Here's a question you may have asked yourself once or twice. Why do certain people get promoted? Two married FSU professors say it's about "political skill" which they define as people who can influence others to act in ways that enhance one's objectives.

Jerry Ferris says there are several qualities that come into play from self confidence to stress management.

Ferris says, "It’s the sincerity aspect that's so important. If people believe you care and believe you are sincere and genuine, that goes a long way. That's one of the dimensions of political skill."

Ferris and his wife Pamela Perrewe just released their book on the subject of political skill. They say while many people are born with it, others can acquire it through training, and drama classes.


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