May 19, 2020

HR ESSENTIALS: Best Personality to Head Your HR Dept

human resources
Bizclik Editor
3 min
HR ESSENTIALS: Best Personality to Head Your HR Dept

Part two in our HR ESSENTIALS series

Part one: HR ESSENTIALS: Does Your HR Manual Need Updating?


The head of the human resource department in a company serves as the middle person between the management and the employees, and he or she plays a crucial role in ensuring workforce effectiveness.

If you are aspiring to hire a human resource director or manager, it is important to know what type of personality is best for the position.The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator has identified 16 different personality types, each of which is suitable for certain jobs and careers.

Although that are several personality types that are favorable for a career as a human resource head, the ENFJ personality type is widely regarded as the most appropriate.

What Does ENFJ Mean?

ENFJ is an acronym that stands for "extraversion, intuition, feeling and judging."

Being an extroverted person, an ENFJ is an outgoing person who enjoys being around people and feels energized in social situations. The "intuition" part of an ENFJ enables him or her to have a deeper insight into people and situations, and come up with creative ways to solve problems. An ENFJ also has strong feelings towards people, and he or she is genuine, empathetic and loyal. With a good sense of judgment, an ENFJ can recognize potential in people and help them develop their talents and abilities.

What are the Common Characteristics of ENFJs?

An ENFJ usually has the following personality traits >>>

  • Outstanding social skills
  • Has a diverse group of friends and acquaintances
  • Genuine and warm towards people
  • Values other people's feelings
  • Feels good about helping others
  • Honest and loyal
  • Supportive and encouraging
  • Good leader and mentor
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Strong desire for order and harmony
  • Imaginative and creative
  • Enjoys undertaking new challenges
  • Dislikes discord and criticism
  • Seeks other people's approval

Being a Good Human Resource Leader

As a human resource director or manager, the person you hire needs to be able to deal with people from all walks of life.

Having excellent people's skills enables that person to communicate comfortably and meaningfully with their subordinates, peers and superiors. Since they are hopefully an empathetic and intuitive person, they can understand the thoughts, feelings and needs of the people in the company, which can go a long way in resolving conflicts and maintaining a harmonious work environment. Also, their genuineness and honesty can help you as a business head build and maintain trust in the workplace.

Leadership and mentoring skills are qualities that are essential to the success of a head of human resources.

With these skills, the individual can motivate their subordinates to perform their duties more competently, as well as discover, develop and manage talents effectively.

Since they also have excellent organizational skills, they will be able to develop effective ways to manage employee records and ensure that work duties are performed in a coordinated manner.


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About the Author

John McMalcolm is a freelance writer who writes on a wide range of business topics, ranging from small business management 101 to corporate management.


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Jun 13, 2021

Seo JungJin: Who is EY’s World Entrepreneur of 2021?

Kate Birch
3 min
From just US$45,000 capital in 2003 to a world-leading biopharma giant with revenues of US$1.69bn today, Seo JungJin is crowned EY World Entrepreneur 2021

Seo JungJin, founder of biopharma firm Celltrion, which most recently developed an antibody treatment for COVID-19, has been named the EY World Entrepreneur of the Year 2021, becoming the first South Korean in the award’s 21-year history.

Regarded as one of the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs, the EY Entrepreneur of the Year celebrates visionary and innovative leaders from across 60 countries who are transforming the world and fostering growth.

JungJin, who is now honoroary chairman of Celltrion Group, was up against a worthy cast of entrepreneurial competitors, taking the crown from among 45 award winners across 38 countries and territories.

Speaking during the virtual event, JungJin described his own interpretation of entrepreneurship as something that brings together “a group of people toward a common vision, embracing challenges as opportunities and committing oneself to contribute to the greater good”.

Why was JungJin crowned King Entrepreneur?

A South Korean native and now 63 years of age, JungJin founded biopharmaceutical firm Celltrion in 2003. In the nearly two decades since its founding, Celltrion has lived up to its goal of advancing health and welfare for all by developing ground-breaking drugs to treat autoimmune disease, various forms of cancer and, most recently, COVID-19.

The company, which JungJin started with just US$45,000 and five of his colleagues, has since growth to more than 2,1000 employees with sales permits in more than 90 countries and revenues exceeding US$1.69bn.

According to the panel, JungJin’s story is a shining example of the power of an unstoppable entrepreneur to change the world with the pandel moved by both his incredible story and his purpose-driven leadership, innovative mindset and entrepreneurial spirit.

Described by the chair of the EY judging panel Rosaleen Blair as “representing everything an unstoppable should be” from taking on the world’s biggest health care challenges to consistently creating long-term value for his company, JungJin’s story is one of incredible tenacity and perseverance that the judging panel felt most represented the entrepreneurial spirit.

“He’s taken breathtaking risks, both personal and professional, to found Celltrion and grow it into one of the world’s leading biopharmaceutical companies,” says Stasia Mitchell, EY Global Entrepreneurship Leader. “His passion for creating affordable, life-saving health care and flair for tackling global problems has led to many treatments that have helped millions of people worldwide and was especially evident this past year through the creation of a COVID-19 antibody treatment.”

How did JungJin get there?

JungJin's entrepreneurial journey started at an early age when he worked as a taxi driver to get himself through Konkuk University in Seoul, South Korea. After studying industrial engineering, he rose through the ranks of Daewoo Motor Co. before losing his job amid the carmaker’s financial troubles following the 1997 Asian economic crisis.

Following this, JungJin started collaborating with colleagues to explore business opportunities in different industries, though none delivered lasting success. The turning point came after he attended a talk hosted by renowned scholars, which inspired him to focus on the biopharmaceutical sector.

And so he founded Celltrion with just US$45,000 of his savings. The launch of Remsima, credited with being the world's first antibody biosimilar, quickly moved Celltrion up the ranks of the country's fairly underdeveloped pharmaceutical sector. Celltrion followed this success with the launch of drugs for breast cancer and lymphoma that today are being used worldwide.

With ambitions to be the world’s first in different areas, Celltrion has pioneered numerous uncharted areas to great success over the past two decades, most recently responding to the global pandemic by successfully developing an antibody treatment for COVID-19 and working to ensure a timely supply of the safe and effective treatment.

“When I first started, my vision was to help patients gain access to safe, effective and affordable medicines and thereby enhance the quality of people’s lives,” explains JungJin. “The success of Celltrion has enabled me to expand on this while finding new ways to fuel my entrepreneurial drive.”


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