Key Competencies-Human Resource Professionals

Relationship Focused: approachable; relates easily to diverse groups and individuals; builds and develops relationships.


Customer Focused: focused on all aspects of service and product delivery; always knows the customer comes first.

Organizational Skills: able to set priorities; time and meeting management skills; able to delegate.

Problem Solving: ability to weave through necessary channels to accomplish outcomes in complex settings; understanding of processes and quality improvement.

Assessment of Talent: ability to judge and assess talent, recruit and select staff appropriate to current and future organizational needs; appreciation for and emphasis on developing a diverse workforce.

Integrity: forthright; direct; widely trusted.

Intelligence: ability to grasp complex concepts and determine courses of action.

Energetic: action oriented; hard working; likes challenges.

Active Listening: ability to absorb and translate others' statements into objective responses and actions; ability to give and receive feedback in an appropriate manner.

Composure and Professionalism: ability to maintain professional demeanor in difficult or stressful situations; patience with customers; ability to diffuse anger and deal with difficult customers.

Presentation Skills: ability to present and convey information in a wide variety of settings.

Flexibility: ability to cope effectively with change and uncertainty; ability to reprioritize quickly; ability to maintain a balanced perspective and see all sides of an issue.

Vision: ability to see the 'big picture' within the industry, the organization and the function now, and in the future; ability to translate a future state for others and instill a sense of vision in them; ability to motivate others.

Political Awareness: sensitive to political situations; able to assess political climate and how it affects responsibilities.


Adapted from competency research by Ellen Wilson, Associate Vice President for Human Resources, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Spring 2000.


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