My answer to What does it feel like to be a politician?
Answer by Ken Larson:
There are politicians in all walks of life, not just government. Any time you have two or more people conversing in a room you have politics.
They fall into two major categories:
Good Politics: Seeking to influence others with ideas that further the interests and success of the organization.
Bad Politics: Seeking to influence others with ideas that further the interests and success of the individual.
You can always discern the practitioners:
The Good Politician – Company officers, board room members and successful executives or members of the elected government bodies.
The Bad Politician – The individual in the corner office with no apparent function having both hands over the gluteus maximus and looking over the shoulder worried about all the people stepped upon on the way up.