8 Top Essential traits to be a HR leader

Whether you are starting your career in Human Resources (HR), or a seasoned professional, who is in a growing organization, who possesses great confidentiality as well as adaptability qualities that enhances to manage the daily tasks and also to increase the productivity.

The field of HR has transformed majorly over the years. It’s evolved from a key business support function to a core capability in many organizations. This gave rise to the demand of skills among these professionals. But with changing times and requirements, several talent managers now are actively participating as the organization’s advocate, to build employee relations, develop business functions, and also to be a main mediator between the staff and the management.

The HR team is creating a transition, which needs practical and adaptable qualities to be excellent contributors for the growth of the business. The qualities that give them to know and take up roles that involves recruiting, hiring, and retaining talents, compensation and benefits.

This article will give an overview of the best qualities that an individual must possess to enhance in their HR Career.


One must be comfortable working with business HR leader and management to well-address any workforce obstacles or any other kind of problems. And, rather than facing the problems as “yours,” one must have view them to tackle as “ours” and be an active part of the solution.


Better relationships always lead to growth between the HR professional and other departments. These are the most essential components to make business together. This is also important in enhancing the potential of an organization as this leads to success. Relationships in the workplace usually require a major deal for care and communication. There are also some casual relationships that demand attention too that needs a special attention has they develop the employee relationship with the organization.

Therefore, the HR team should emphasize building relationships among every department so that they can thrive together. The workplace consists of diverse individuals, one must introduce inclusive policies, and everyone must feel welcomed in the workplace.


To ensure credibility, HR requires speaking “in business.” This gets with knowing the information of the business they are serving, clear knowledge, and understanding its jargon and acronyms.


Proactivity is a vital quality and it is mostly preferred as a personality trait. However, it is certainly something one can build over time. The professionals of Human Resources are the connection between the management of an organization and the working professionals, therefore proactivity plays a key role in identifying potential issues early and preventing them from escalating.

The HR leader should stay ahead and thoroughly updated with the about present and emerging trends across not only their area but also about technology, current, and work culture. Apart from this, proper skills training should be a continuous part of the career development.

Communication skills

The most frequently mentioned quality which is required in the HR Career in almost all the job description is communication skills. Communication is highly important as it is the core and main link.

A professional will be an activist for the employee, and also to they will represent the employer too. This calls for good communication skills.

HR professionals are required to communicate with various stakeholders, and at many other levels of authority and influence. How they communicate with the CEO of the company and with the junior staff will differ. However within the most essential qualities, is the ability to connect well with all kinds of people, by leaving a professional with positive impression.


Several attendees who have served as an HR leader in their careers stressed the need of discretion. Business leaders are required to trust their partners with sensitive, “insider” information. For example, a sales manager requires knowing a conversation about potentially missing sales objectives will be kept confidential.

Networking skills

“Knowing who knows” within the business unit, and also externally, is very important, as it is the ability to develop relationships with those who have knowledge and decision-making power.

Digital acumen

This is among the most crucial characteristics identified by meeting attendees, due to the increased availability of people-related data. Today, they must have the ability to analyze and interpret data, utilize it to help HR leaders and also to understand workforce demands, and also incorporate results into workforce strategy and planning.


If an individual wants to stay at the top of their performance, they should continually look for ways to enhance their qualities that will enrich their career. This will give them to not just lead the whole team but also to effectively handle the overall organization towards excellence.



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Amelia Jackson

Human Resource Professional. Passionate about Human Resources. Writing has always been a passion with strong interest in talent management & HR Industry.