REVEALED: What CEOs want from HR

REVEALED: What CEOs want from HR

CEOs value integrity above all else in HR professionals, and while they expect them to deliver results bosses are not intersted in how they do it, new research has discovered.

Research from University of Reading’s Henley Business School titled, ‘What CEOs want from HR’, has shed some light onto the over-arching motivations of CEOs.

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Comments (4)

  • Professor Nick Holle
    Professor Nick Holle@ George Karseras
    Thu, 2 Jul 2015 12:04pm BST
    I am the author of the 40 page report which was summarised in half a page. I wouldn't have drawn the conclusion based on asking two questions but on the analysis of a number of questions we asked of 40 CEOs and the 125 responses to our e mail survey. So saying the finding is fundamentally flawed based on reading a very high level summary is fundamentally flawed.

    What worries me more is that you seem to think integrity isn't important. The number of senior executives who appear to have believed that integrity is peripheral may have been a contributory factor to the financial crisis though I guess that would be a flawed conclusion since it's simply my supposition but I fundamentally believe that integrity is a non negotiable not just for HR but for business as a whole.
  • Richard Boston
    Richard Boston
    Thu, 18 Jun 2015 3:41pm BST
    It seems CEOs want their HRDs to be "ARC leaders": Authentic, Responsible and Courageous. That's where integrity comes from. It also drives a function that challenges the status quo, is true to its core principles and takes due responsibility for its success and the success of the whole organisation. 'ARC Leadership" is the title of my latest book, which argues that these three qualities are critical if we're to turn the tide of distrust in organisations.
  • George Karseras
    George Karseras
    Mon, 15 Jun 2015 1:20pm BST
    Great research questions and interesting to see HR clearly seen as enabling and facilitating but not front of mind for CEOs who are predictably more interested in what they themselves report on to their own Boards and shareholders. I have to say being asked what would make you sack someone and what you most value in someone are 2 very different questions - consequently the conclusions drawn on integrity are therefore fundamentally flawed.
  • Mark Withers
    Mark Withers
    Mon, 15 Jun 2015 12:35pm BST
    If CEOs don't see talent and business issues as areas HR can help address that seems to me like it is the really big finding from this survey. The best HRDs I work with are all engaged with the tough challenges faced by their business.

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