Monday, February 23, 2009

SHRM Survey Reveals 8 Skills HR Leaders Need

Knowledge of business, human resources, and organizational operations is the most important business skill senior HR leaders need to succeed, according to a survey by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

The survey also found that global intelligence and technological savvy are two emerging competencies senior HR leaders will need to master within the next five years.

“Successful senior HR leaders consistently show executives in the C-suite that they understand the broad operations and processes driving business,” says SHRM President and CEO Laurence G. O'Neil. “Equally important is the ability to explain the role of human capital issues and solutions in the context of broader business operations linking finance, operations, and marketing.”

The survey identified the following as the top eight leadership skills essential for HR business leaders:

Knowledge of business, HR and organizational operations;
Strategic thinking and critical/analytical thinking;
Leading change;
Effective communication;
Results orientation/drive for performance;
Ethical behavior; and
Persuasiveness/influencing others.

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