Qualities of HR Managers The qualifications and qualities which will be applicable in general can be summarized as follows.
The HR manager, as in case of any other manager, must have initiative, resourcefulness, depth of perception, maturity in judgment, and analytical ability. Freedom from bias would enable the HR manager to take an objective view of both of management and workers. He must thus have intellectual integrity. HR manger should be thorough with labour laws. The HR manager must be familiar with human needs, wants, hopes and desires, values, aspirations,etc., without which adequate motivation is impossible.
The HR manager should also possess other personal attributes like: (a) Intelligence: This includes skills to communicate, articulate, moderate, understand, etc., command over language, mental ability and tact in dealing with people intelligently, ability to draft agreements, policies etc. (b) Educational skills: HR manager should possess learning and teaching skills as he has to learn and teach employees about organizational growth, need for and mode of development of individuals. (c) Discriminating skills: HR manager should have the ability to discriminate between right and wrong, between the just and unjust, merit and demerit. (d) Executing skills: - HR manager should execute HR issues with speed, objectivity and accuracy. - He should also be able to streamline the office, set standards of performance Co-ordinate and control, etc. - He should also have leadership qualities, deep faith in human values, empathy with human problems, foreseeing future needs of employees, organization, government, trade unions, society, etc.
Experience and Training: Previous experience is an added advantage, provided the experience was in an appropriate environment and in the same area. Training in psychological aspects, labour legislations and in HR management. Experience in an enterprise in some other executive capacity can also help towards an appreciation of the general management problems and a practical approach in meeting HR problems.
Professional Attributes: HR manager should have patience and understanding, ability to listen before offering advice. HR manager should have the knoweledge of various disciplines like technology, engineering, management, sociology, philosophy and law. He must be able to couple his social justice with a warm personal interest in people which must be secured by an uncommon degree of common sense.