The Chief HR officer (CHR) role in the company is a standalone function. The position does not have anyone directly reporting to her at the central or corporate level.
However, two HR managers are looking after the human resource operations of the three companies in the group. We also have a compensation and benefits function looking after the payroll of all employees.
Even though our CHR person does not have a direct line employee reporting to her, she still manages to get her assignments done. More so, if the work requires cooperation from other functions in the company. I was discerning her a few times as she took on new tasks.
She manages to get things done through others because she positively influences the people around her. It’s her influence on others. The following set of behaviors surfaces with her.
1. Humility. She is never rude or disrespectful when dealing with others.
2: Curious. She will ask questions about her assignment regardless of how it makes her look.
3. Inclusive. She makes sure that all relevant stakeholders are part of the discussion.
4. Helpful. When she notices someone struggling with an assignment, she is quick to lend a helping hand.
These are four simple behaviors I have noticed with our CHR that provide electricity for her magnet of influence in the company. She can get things done regardless of how big or small the challenge is.
How about you? How is your influence on your workmates? How strong is your influence in your organization?