Learn to lead the leaders

May 12, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgTaking a pop at the quality of HR directors is a favourite preoccupation formany associated with the profession. It’s the simplest thing in the world to dobecause HR has such as poor image, although it is improving. But it becomes a more emotive issue when a former HR director, now chiefexecutive, has a go and is courageous enough to say what he really thinks (page1). Colin Povey’s problems in recruiting a new HR director are all the moresurprising given that it is a board position that’s on offer. The company isCarlsberg UK and, because of his background, he is clearer than most about theimpact good HR can have on the business. Anyone taking on that role with theleading brewer would have a head start in working with a co-operative top teamkeen to deliver change. Most industry leaders haven’t a clue about the compelling evidence linkingeffective people management with strategies to improve bottom line performance.And senior HR executives must take some of the blame for the continuedignorance and shallow view of people issues at the top. Why is it that chief executives and chief finance officers still know lessabout the thing they spend the most on? The main fault lies with a succession of HR directors who have failed tochampion their cause by not demonstrating the value of strong HR in a languagethe board understands and struggling to show how HR works in the organisation. Pockets of outstanding leadership clearly do exist and more must be made oftheir success but real change cannot be achieved with just a small pool ofdynamic HR directors. Our coverage shows a lot of mixed views and possibly a split in theprofession about whether Povey’s criticisms are justified. But he is certainlyon the profession’s side and is a perfect advocate having climbed the ladderfrom HR director to commercial director and then chief executive status. Povey isn’t just moaning and sitting on the case. He is now on the speakercircuit campaigning for HR directors to maximise their influence and he isdemanding “a bit more attitude”. Povey believes HR directors shouldbe leading the culture change and by that he means knowing how to lead theleaders. By Jane King, editor Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Learn to lead the leadersOn 27 Apr 2004 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more