9 Essential HR qualities and skills


To run any organization whether it produces goods or services, it is very important to have the proper resources and factors of production. The resources can either be tangible or intangible and the resources vary from land to raw material to physical labor.

Human resource is the most important of all, as it is the driving force behind every organization for its effective working. You may have heavy resources like money and raw material but without skilled human resource, the desired output cannot be produced.

Human Resources has emerged as a new field to handle and organize human beings and to maximize their utility. It is usually addressed as HR in companies. The basic HR qualities and skills are:

Strategic Thinking

An HR professional in today’s time should perform much more than the administrative function, it once was. Nowadays, HR leaders need to develop an organization’s internal HR strategy and they need to link that strategy with the business goals.

HR leaders need to understand business strategy thoroughly to ensure that their own strategy links with the business model of the organization thereby adding value to the overall business strategy.

In addition to this, the HR leader should have an understanding of strategic thinking that highlights the challenges of the overall business strategy. This understanding allows the HR leader to become a meaningful and valuable example in the overall development of the business strategies.

  • An ideal example for others
    Entrepreneurs, CEOs, company or organization seniors are all expected to be inspiring leaders. Well, some of them turn out to be that but most of them do not achieve the same heights.
    If we want an engaged workforce who are ready to use their creativity, are driven to add value and increase productivity, then inspiration is very important.
    Usually, employees look up to their leader for inspiration. HR leaders are not only supposed to be the ideal figure that the rest of the company looks up to but also a trainer who can coach others to become dedicated and disciplined.

  • Command over language
    The major job role of an HR leader is to communicate in different levels of the organization.
    HR leaders have to interact with all the employees working in the organization, so it becomes essential for them to have good communication skills.
    The HR leader should also have command over their language, only then he or she can convey the expectations of the organization to the potential employees.
  • Friendly and polite to everyone
    An HR leader’s job role is not only confined to interacting with people but he/she also deals with employees. In any organization, there are different spheres of work, for example, finance, advertising, accounts, marketing, and sales etc.
    An HR professional has to look into all these fields and he/she acts as an intermediate among all these fields. To connect them together and manage all these different people, an HR leader needs to be friendly with everyone and he/she must have a general awareness of all of the fields.

  • Empathic Analogy
    An HR leader needs to empathize with his/her coworkers as well as other people. He or she has to deal with the maximum number of employees in any organization, hence, the HR leader must be reliable and trust-worthy.
    Hence, HR binds the organization together and creates unity within the organization.
  • Honesty and Integrity
    A good HR professional has to be a good human being first. Honesty and integrity are the two most important HR qualities and skills. A trustworthy HR professional would be a good intermediate between the employer and the employees.
  • Adaptation to Change
    In today’s time, change is the only constant in our lives and in the corporate world. With the advancement in technology each day, the HR professional has to stay updated in technology and he/she should be able to work in the dynamic environment.
    The HR professional is expected to be friendly with the latest trends in the industries and he/she should change his/her working mechanism accordingly.
  • Negotiating power
    Human Resources involves a lot of negotiation to set as a parameter that satisfies employer and employee. The employer and the employee both look for their interest and the HR professional has to find a common ground that benefits both of them and both are equally satisfied.
  • Organizational skills
    An HR professional requires the following skills: organizational skills, an orderly approach, a layout, a plan for the execution of new policies and to give a structure to every new project.
    To improve the soft skills of HR, several programs are run by Government to train them and turn them into a useful asset.
  • Ethics
    Ethics and values are necessary for an HR professional because they have to deal with maximum people, especially with the people who are outside the organization and during such communications, the HR professional has to stay loyal to his/her organization.
    It is very important that an HR professional chooses the well being of the organization over his/her convenience.

Thus, HR is that element of the firm that binds all the employees together, and that sticks the firm together. The above HR qualities and skills can bring out more efficiency in work, it can create solidarity in the company and turn all the coins in favor of the company.

The work of an HR leader is of great importance to the company and that is why companies spend a lot of time and efforts in finding the most suitable HR candidate.

If you are looking for the perfect HR leader for your organization who would really work to transform and take your organization to new heights, make sure she/he has all these skills.

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