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I spend a lot of time talking about what makes HR professionals fail, but I have strong opinions on the key attributes that make human resources leaders successful.
Here are four (4):
1. Great HR leaders are dependable and reliable
Everybody wants innovative and disruptive until you actually give them innovative and disruptive. Then they want steady and trustworthy.
I say — don’t discount mature and competent leaders who talk about boring things like administration and compliance. Dependable and reliable HR professionals know the law, know the by-laws of a company, and usually do the right thing for shareholders and employees alike.
2. Successful HR leaders don’t grab the limelight
I’m currently away at a conference with a few hundred executives who are responsible for the HR function in the restaurant industry. (This industry employs nearly 10 percent of all workers in America.)