Highly political environments – cronyism, favoritism, manipulation – are never cured from the bottom up.
Unethical office politicians create perceived threats. They’ll suggest someone is out to get you. “Watch out for Joe!”
Vulnerability to unethical office politicians occurs when you wrongly believe they’re acting in your best interest. In reality, they’re working for themselves.
I’ll never forget a colleague saying how sorry they felt for our boss. “She thinks I’m her friend.” they said. In reality they were manipulating rather than supporting the boss. On another occasion, they said, “I can cut someone and they’ll bleed to death before they realize what happened.”