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Powerful! This is the wrong expression. An HR professional, by the inherent nature of the functions, is expected to be useful to the organisation and the employees. That would earn respect of one and all. Powerful is one who command respect by overawing those whom he/she is required to serve and take care.
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For one line question, see how our HR Fraternity helps you with so many posts to become more (not powerful) conversant with your role as HR Manager. Some where people were writing that our CITEHR is not an useful forum. This thread only an example that our forum helps our fellow members. Thanks all for your valuable inputs.

Yes its true, it's very useful. Thank you so much, got more information.

My question is why to become powerful...cant we become friendly... Being an HR and that too handlling a live product i.e. Human beings. so become a friendful rather than powerful. All the jargans of HR is there but can we also look in to the feeling factor of employees. As per my opinion HR should be friendly and not powerful in terms of putting and addressing a issue with employee. As many of says already in their post to learn a good HR rather than being a powerful in orgnisation.

This question of yours is as intriguing as it is inane and, attempting to answer this is fraught with the danger of giving a wrong answer to a right question or vice versa. First, let me put the question in perspective before I make any comment. Your question of wanting to be powerful is like someone wanting to be likeable. But for what? For a manager power or for that matter likeability is not an end in itself. They are means to achieve your end of becoming an effective manager. Becoming powerful (with all its negative connotations) cannot be a goal in itself.
Revisiting your question once again I find that you want to be powerful only in HR Department thereby limiting your own ambitions and aspirations. I am not sure if it is a Freudian Slip on your part. For a person looking for a formula to become powerful you should be looking at being a powerful manager and not just a powerful manager of a particular department.
Though I am not attempting to answer your query, I still wish to make a few comments on the same. The first observation is that there are no magic potion or scientific formula to become “powerful” as with any aspect dealing with matters related to human relations. If I am allowed to put it rather crudely, if you want to be powerful in your department you can curry favour with your boss or indulge in office politics. Both are double-edged swords with strong possibilities of generating negative outcomes. You may end up as a powerful boss, albeit a failed one.
Having said what I have, let me also add that power can mean different things to different people. Power is normally seen as an ability to control others. By inference, you get an opportunity to manipulate others. In a positive sense you can be powerful when you are respected for your knowledge and wisdom, a kind of power derived out of your sapiential authority. There are several qualities that have already been talked about by a number of contributors to this post that I do not wish to go over once again. However, for an HR Manager, in my opinion, Trust and Empathy comes on top of my bucket list of essential qualities. You should command respect based on your domain expertise but not demand it based on props like power.
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Concentrate on employee behavior,
Learn how to handle organization internal & external politics
Always talk with our employee friendly and make intention about our self as helping tendency
must follow - "Pay for performance not experience "
do as use daily activities .

Be observant and attentive to colleagues. Learn psychology and sociology.
Powerful .. word itself a negative impact to effective HR manager. You must be knowledgeable with labour laws updated for day to day administration with leadership qualities..last but least.. human touch.. humanity .. self discipline..time management are essential for your professional growth..
To become powerful in HR you need to -
1. Acquire requisite knowledge on the subject
2. Be proactive
3. Be conversant with latest labor laws and it's interpretation
4. Be an effective communicator
5. Possess interpersonal skills
6. Be strong on liaison
7. Have strong sense of Ethics
8. Develop Leadership abilities
9. Be effective on presentation skills
10.Develop the ability to motivate others
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