Just under 30% of those responding listed business acumen as a key skill while about 20% said an HR executive needed leadership skills to “consult, coach, influence, and inspire,” according to a survey by Gatti & Associates, an HR recruiter.
Rounding out the top five HR skills were:
- strategic thinking and action, mentioned by 18% of the sample,
- technical human resources competence, listed by 17.7%, and
- the ability to operate as a change agent, cited by 16.6%
As important attributes, respondents also listed communications skills, relationship skills, being results driven, personal integrity, and having a customer-service orientation.
The survey covered 350 HR professionals around the country.