Business and office internal politics always go side by side. Any company or a business that flourishes and grows invites internal politics among the partners or the employees. The office politics is inevitable. A startup has got as many problems and internal politics as much as the bigger companies.

If you manage to establish certain values and norms at the start of building your company, then it will be much easier for you to handle any emerging internal politics or negative issues in the future. Here are a few simple steps which you must follow to build a solid foundation for your startup and to kill any office politics before they start at your place.

  1. Be Honest

Early decisions about the company’s goals and plans pave the way for future decisions. At the starting stage of your startup, the goals, visions, culture, and the management style should be clearly defined and agreed upon by all the partners. It provides a clear understanding later on and in the case of any disagreement in future, one should clearly point out to the pre-established rules and norms of the company.

  1. Be Self Aware

While deciding upon the roles in the startup, you should be aware of your strengths and weaknesses. For instance, if you are an introvert person then you are not suitable for the sales department. You should better take some other responsibility and let your partners fill in the position which suits them best.

You need to be aware of the outside world as well. Make strong alliance and relationships with your lawyers, marketers, distribution party, manufacturers, developers, and other parties. Try to make trust relationships with them. Do not let anyone else take advantage of you or your company.

  1. Agree On Shared Values

All the stakeholders must decide and agree on some shared values and decisions at the start of the company. These shared values and principles are used later on for decision-making process rather than relying on the decision of one individual. It also reduces the chance of conflict among the partners and shareholders.

  1. Be Fair While Aligning Incentives

Equity and compensation decisions are hard to make. Make sure that you think in a fair manner and everybody gets his share of incentive which he deserves. Align incentives according to the people’s capabilities. As a result, the internal jealousy and conflicts will not arise in your company, and everyone will stay motivated.

  1. Leave The Company If You Have To

Leading a startup requires commitment and hard work. If at some point of your business, you feel that things are not going in the right direction or according to your plans, then it’s better to leave at that point rather than regretting later on. If you can’t agree with the other partners on values and principles, then there is no shame in leaving the company.


Saman Fawad is a professional content and creative writer. She is an MBA, who loves to write about technology, startups, and business articles. She can be reached at samanfawad88@gmail.com