Trends in HR leadership


New report from PricewaterhouseCoopers finds that large companies are now less likely to hire HR executives from another functional area, compared to 10 years ago.

This finding is something of a surprise, as many had believed that HR leaders were increasingly coming from outside the HR function, bringing to HR additional business expertise that would make possible a more strategic contribution from HR.  The report speculates that this trend may even suggest that there’s simply not much demand for a bigger HR role within the corporation.

We’re more inclined to think that it’s a reflection of the historically limited role that HR has played, and that the PwC data suggests HR remains ripe for a major evolution driven by those forward-looking HR professionals who are looking to earn a “seat at the table.”

At a minimum, however, the numbers certainly suggest that HR as a whole continues to face a headwind in its efforts to make a greater contribution to the organization.  This underscores the need for developing solid, actionable business intelligence on the people side of the business.