Crow Stephen M. Associate Professor; Hartman, Sandra J.Health Care Supervisor: June 1996 Original Article: PDF Only Buy Abstract The health care industry in the United States has been in a state of social, economic, and political flux for several years. This transition has put a great deal of pressure on supervisors, managers, and professionals in the health care field to adapt by acquiring new skills. Much of the emphasis has been on improving technical, managerial, and people know-how. An equally important area of expertise—political skills—has been virtually ignored. This may be due to the negative connotations associated with politics. Ways to enhance political skills are examined. © Williams & Wilkins 1996. All Rights Reserved.