HR must be the model of good leadership or risk being irrelevant

By David Crisp
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/11/2003

Leadership is arguably the most important business issue of the 21st century. For HR it’s a challenge on two levels. The HR team will be expected to help the organization identify, attract and develop the people who can lead the organization. But to create maximum credibility HR should strive to become the best led department in the organization.

HR departments must grow their own leadership skills at a time when the function itself and the expectations it faces are changing rapidly. HR is being expected to step up to a much more demanding strategic role in organizations.

HR people are the best suited to guide the unprecedented changes facing many organizations today, but it won’t be easy. HR departments will be called upon and must be ready to play previously unthinkable leadership roles to manage change.