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Exceptional HR leadership rests on four foundations: Business acumen, trust, expertise and culture make up the cornerstones

Clinton Longenecker (The College of Business and Innovation, The University of Toledo, Ohio, United States.)
Laurence S. Fink (Department of Management, College of Business and Innovation, University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio, USA)

Human Resource Management International Digest

ISSN: 0967-0734

Publication date: 12 January 2015

Abstract

Purpose

Considers the four foundations of exceptional human resource (HR) leadership – strong business acumen, trustworthy leadership, great HR expertise and cultural stewardship – that must be in place to meet current and future human resource challenges.

Design/methodology/approach

Considers the four foundations of exceptional HR leadership – strong business acumen, trustworthy leadership, great HR expertise and cultural stewardship – that must be in place to meet current and future human-resource challenges.

Findings

Advances the view that if one of the cornerstones is weak or ineffective, the ability of the HR leader and his or her team to be exceptional is greatly impaired.

Practical implications

Reveals how to take HR to the next level.

Social implications

Demonstrates how HR leaders can add value and improve the competitiveness of their enterprises.

Originality/value

Explains how HR can best overcome the challenges it faces in respect of talent gaps, process failures, compensation and benefits repositioning, workforce realignment, dealing with budget cuts and fiscal constraints, lack of front-line management buy-in, compliance, increased time constraints and the need to help with technological implementation, strategy execution and improving profitability.

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Citation

Longenecker, C. and Fink, L.S. (2015), "Exceptional HR leadership rests on four foundations: Business acumen, trust, expertise and culture make up the cornerstones", Human Resource Management International Digest, Vol. 23 No. 1, pp. 21-24. https://doi.org/10.1108/HRMID-12-2014-0160

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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