Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking with Trish Mcfarlane. Trish is a HR Business Partner for St.Louis Children’s Hospital, blogger, co-creator of HRevolution, and “SUPER MOM” of twins. Trish can be contacted via Twitter @TrishMcfarlane and www.hrringleader.com
She views HR as an “evolving” profession, and is a sought after speaker, and contributor. Trish and I discussed How Leadership and Management is an important Top Ten Issue. Some observations Trish has made on the subject included:
- Personal Accountability: Seeing a trend moving away from the HR role and taking responsibility. There is a push back for leaders to take on personal accountability and to determine how to improve their own communication style in order to better respond to individual needs on the team.
- Individuality: Sees an increased awareness of leaders to determine what each individual needs to develop and grow then figure out how to help them grow, and meet their goals. HR professionals can assist in the process, but need to be Creative! Identify what opportunities exist in the company, how can the employee get there, and if the right opportunity does not exist within, assist the employee to find the right ones outside of the company.
- More Action: Remembering that Elvis song “A little less conversation, a little more action….” Apply it to leadership. In 2010, HR needs to stop talking, and help the leader move to action. Get over all the talking, and just do it.. HR can encourage leaders to be decisive and then tweak their style as the situation needs it.
A great leader to me is an individual that gives you the tools, and let’s you do the work and shine. Thinking “outside the box” is so very important. Having been a Leader and a Manager, accountability, training, and clear objectives are essential. I have a passion for making a difference.
I want to hear about your experiences in leadership and management. Let’s get the comments rolling…………….