Are you lacking business knowledge?
The route to the top in HR is fairly standard – you work your way up from HR advisor, spend some time in an HR specialism like compensation and benefits, acquire line management experience and impress the big bosses while doing it all.
The shortage of HR representation at board level is well documented. But what’s the reason? Is it because HRDs don’t want these roles, or do they lack the required commercial and financial know-how?
If your route to a top job is blocked by a perceived lack of business knowledge, a few years as a business unit leader or a secondment to another department could equip you better for HR and overall business leadership roles.