Leadership in Human Resource Management Functions

A look at the effects of leadership on effective human resource management.

Report on the importance of leadership with respect to the five functions of human resource management: planning, organizing, staffing, leading and controlling. The author investigates to what extent leadership is a requirement for the effective accomplishment of these functions.
“The Leader is interested in aligning the beliefs and values of people with the overall goals and vision of the organization. In the Leadership role one can bring about change by providing direction, by setting an example, by motivating through inspiration, and by building teams based on respect and trust. A leader is focused on results rather than methods, systems and procedures. Leaders ask themselves “For what purpose?” and “What are the consequences for the system as a whole?” (Chait, 1997). In relation to planning, organizing, staffing, leading and controlling, leadership plays a vital role in determining these activities within an organization.”