From HR to Business Leader, Key Steps

Tony Preston,
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It’s no surprise that today’s CEO expects the company “C-Suite” to have both breadth and depth of personal and professional skills.  The CFO has to be more than just a great accountant, the CMO must be more than a great marketeer, and the CTO must be more than a technical and development expert.   The Executive Leadership Team has the responsibility to analyze, interpret, and align company objectives into organizational initiatives and efficient operational processes.

Like other members of the “C-Suite”, the CHRO must be first and foremost a Human Resource administrative compliance expert, that’s expected, but they will also be expected to be a business leader with an equal voice at the executive table.  The effective executive leader will be recognized for skills that transcend the function that they represent.

Developing critical business skills is essential for any leader wanting to rise to the executive table, and HR leaders are not exempt.  Having a seat at the table can be marginalized if the HR leader cannot deliver on-going solid business practices and effective HCM initiatives.  Acquiring the right talent at the right time with the right skills is any organization’s key to success.  Managing an effective multi-generational workforce today takes all executives using all of their skills.

Bottom line, HR skills alone will not get you all the way to the table, you need more.  Build your personal brand, continue to develop your HR and business skills, and be willing to re-invent yourself and your career over the coming years.

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