Leadership & Professional Development in HR


Leadership & Professional Development in HR is defined as the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other attributes necessary to set direction and vision for the HR function that are aligned with organizational culture and strategic goals; to influence, motivate, and guide stakeholders; and to lead and manage organizational change, with HR as an essential partner in the process. Relying on an understanding of learning theories and approaches, strong leaders identify, design, and implement a variety of learning and professional development opportunities for themselves and their employees that enhance the knowledge and competencies necessary to meet the organization’s business needs, and that foster the sharing and retention of key institutional knowledge.


  • Accountability
  • Ethics
  • Leadership
  • Managing HR Initiatives
  • Project Management
  • Coaching
  • Implementing and Supporting HR Solutions
  • Learning and Development
  • Mentoring
  • Team Building

Key Behaviors

  • Ensures that staff are managed effectively and efficiently in support of the organization’s mission and principles.
  • Sets forth clear and specific expectations, and provides supports needed for employees to meet them.
  • Supports employee growth and development by communicating with staff to identify and build on strengths, interests, needs, and abilities.
  • Distills organization’s strategic objectives into specific projects; manages and allocates budgets and resources appropriately, sets goals and monitors progress.
  • Provides support and guidance to business partners on the implementation of HR solutions in alignment with the organization’s strategic objectives.
  • Provides ongoing support for implementation of solutions to ensure effectiveness and consistency with defined goals and desired outcome.
  • Utilizes relationship management skills to foster collaboration among colleagues; works to establish and promote an environment that values and encourages teamwork.
  • Actively seeks or creates opportunities for staff members to grow professionally; mentors, supports, and guides their career growth.
  • Maintains accountability for the attainment of departmental and organizational goals.
  • Conveys plans and strategies in a manner that fosters buy-in.
  • Participates in learning activities; asks questions and seeks developmental feedback; applies new knowledge and skills to one’s job.
  • Works with managers and business units to identify, address, and eliminate obstacles to successful implementation of solutions.