When you get into a leadership role, and you work for a small company or a large corporation, politics are a given. To not think that they are there or that you don’t have to manage within them is naïve. Sometimes when you try to stay under the radar enough, you don’t give your team the benefit to grow. You have to embrace them and know that they are there. You have to know that they are not all bad. You have to figure out if there is a way to manage that either by staying under the radar, procrastinating to the point where you don’t have to get intimately involved in those politics or whether it is appropriate to jump right in.