Manipulative politics in day-to-day life is highly detestable. It is people with inferior intellects and undeveloped hearts that resort to such tactics. The honest people who are committed to their job do not resort to manipulative politics. The intelligent people who are capable of achieving their goals also do not usually resort to manipulative tactics. Yet certain environments may make politicians out of such people too.
Suppression of quality in order to promote people who are deemed useful for the manipulative strategies of the person in authority is the worst that can happen in any organisation. In the process inferior individuals are invested with certain powers over the others. The power is often misused for various purposes such as persecuting the genuine persons with the intention of making them toe the line or simply to make them do the work that others are supposed to do. The power is also misused to accrue certain personal benefits.
Cliques and gangs are natural phenomena during adolescence. But as the adolescent matures into adulthood he outgrows cliques and gangs to become an individual with his own outlooks based on some kind of an ideology or at least a system of values and principles. There are, however, many persons who do not achieve such maturity. Such people continue to gather a group of associates around them. When a person in authority does that it is highly detrimental to the organisation.
Groupism in an organisation does not usually emerge from psychological immaturity, however. It is consciously cultivated by the visionless leader who follows the strategy of ‘divide and rule.’ Such a leader nurtures rift among his staff because he finds it easy to deal with small groups. A lot of manipulation becomes inevitable in such a situation since each group has to be appeased in different ways. The organisation will suffer immensely in the process because too much time and energy will be expended on dealing with the inevitable discontents of the groups.
Even the very average people are endowed with fairly clear insights into the character of other people. Almost everyone in the organisation knows what the other individual is, his strengths and weaknesses. Yet qualities may often be overlooked and even belittled if there is a high degree of manipulation in the organisation. Power becomes more important than qualities. If you find individuals wielding certain degree of power being respected more than individuals with high degree of qualities you can be sure that manipulation is what runs the organisation.
The ultimate tragedy is that such organisations will sooner than later run aground.
There is only one possible tragedy worse than that: the blame will be transferred to the genuine persons.