Daily access to the advice, expertise, ideas, innovation and inner thoughts of top HR practitioners, thought leaders and innovators. What more could you ask for? Luckily, LinkedIn and Twitter make it possible.
Here’s a list of the Top 20 HR Leaders and authors leading some of the most important conversations about our workplace and its culture today, including links to their LinkedIn and Twitter accounts, so you can officially join in. These individuals are topping the list when it comes to tracking HR trends and strategies. They are influential thought leaders in the space and have a keen mind for sharing content, experience, and ideas that every HR professional needs to read especially around HR technology, culture, recruitment and more.
Top 20 HR leaders to follow in 2021
1. Josh Bersin:
As Principal and founder of Bersin by Deloitte, Josh Bersin’s research is considered the gold standard by millions (including 60% of Fortune 500 companies) around the world. Bersin shares key highlights from his firm's reports, studies and briefs each week on LinkedIn, as well as research and stats from other leading sources, on a regular basis. On Twitter, he keeps followers aware of the top HR news, including links to his most recent articles. In addition to this, he shares the best glimpses from the conferences and clients he visits around the globe, and exclusive invites to virtual events.
2. Meghan Biro:
Meghan Biro is the founder and CEO of TalentCulture. She has worked with a number of top global brands helping them recruit the best talent and also teaching them to maximize their employees’ potential and productivity. A well-known speaker, writer and regular guest on radio shows, podcasts and online forums, Biro hosts the lively #WorkTrends Podcast and Twitter Chat, where participants have the opportunity to interact directly with top HR leaders and practitioners.
3. Laszlo Bock:
A former refugee who fled Communist Romania and went on to become a top executive at the tech-giant Google, Bock has had a story to tell, and it’s always worth listening to. As the former SVP of People, Bock has helped Google achieve awards such as ‘Best Company to Work For’ more than 30 times, in addition to receiving over 100 awards as a top employer. His initiatives have set the bar for organizations across the globe, and his LinkedIn posts and tweets give his followers direct insights into the mind and life of one of the most innovative and dynamic HR thought leaders and business leaders today – all in his own honest, down-to-earth voice.
4. Steve Boese:
Boese is an award-winning HR blogger, author, speaker, master moderator and co-host of the weekly HR Happy Hour podcast, where he features and applauds the work of his peers, HR and business leaders from around the world. On Twitter, he is both enlightening and amusing - be it featuring the best HR articles and abstractions worth a quick read, opening a window into the tech conferences around the world, like HRTechChina, or offering his views, picks and predictions during March Madness.
5. Kris Dunn:
Kris Dunn is the CHRO at Kinetix and cherished blogger behind HR Capitalist and Fistful of Talent. He’s led Human resources for several Fortune 500 organizations and startups, and in his own words, believes that “the key to great business results is to get the best people, then do cool stuff to maximize their motivation, performance and effectiveness once you have them in the door.” A prominent speaker, he’s active on both LinkedIn and Twitter sharing all the HR as well as business news – and views – of the moment, including his own, plus gives an insider's tip-off to valuable online event opportunities.
6. Sharlyn Lauby:
Lauby is the writer of the top-rated HR and business blog, HR Bartender, and President of ITM Group Inc., an HR consulting firm that helps organizations retain and engage employees. She writes with candid expertise about all areas of Human Resources, including organizational development and training, employee relations and job design, as well as HR compliance. Sharlyn has published dozens of articles on LinkedIn and continues to post frequently on current HR news and stats. She is actively engaged with professionals and consultants alike on Twitter, in addition to offering her expertise to Tweet Chats.
7. Suzanne Lucas:
You possibly know her as the Evil HR Lady. A former HR professional turned prolific freelance writer and speaker, Lucas, in her own words, gives “career advice with a little bit of snark” to companies, HR leaders, professionals, and employees. Her expert articles, blog posts, advice, and contributions to many popular blogs and broadcasts, have enabled her to help millions build better careers and be better managers. She features her own work and that of many respected peers through Twitter, and regularly comments and directly responds to her networks and connections on LinkedIn.
8. Laurie Ruettimann:
Writer, Speaker and Podcaster at Punk Rock HR, Ruettimann’s LinkedIn and Twitter followers get to experience the daily trials, tribulations, and illuminations that come with helping organizations, teams, and individuals face and embrace their failures better. Ruettimann spent 14 years as an HR professional before becoming a sought-after consultant, speaker and writer. Ruettimann offers up to date, informative and fun perspectives on all things HR.
9. Greg Savage:
He has been the founder of four highly successful businesses; Recruitment Solutions (taken to IPO), Aquent Australia (Staffing and Recruiting), and People2People (currently Director and Owner), and has been owning, managing and growing staffing businesses across the world, and sharing the tactics that have worked for over four decades now. He was voted The most influential recruiter in Australia in the past 60 years and has completed more than 40 years in this industry
We also had the opportunity to get into a conversation with him, which you can read here to get some valuable insights on recruitment.
10. William Tincup:
William Tincup, President of RecruitingDaily, is a celebrity in the HR space, known for his no-nonsense approach to human resources. A writer, speaker, consultant and advisor, Tincup is straightforward and brutally honest when it comes to his views on recruiting, leadership, talent management and the future of work. He's not one to, for example, sugarcoat how challenging it is to find a true work-life balance—in fact, he doesn't believe it can exist at all. William serves on the Board of Advisors / Board of Directors for 15 HR technology startups. He's been writing about HR related issues for over a decade.
11. Ben Eubanks:
Want to know everything there is to know about artificial intelligence and HR? How AI is advancing the organizations function and manage people? How are organizations leveraging the power of AI? Look to Ben Eubanks. In addition to talking about HR tech and the upcoming advancements, he also talks about talent and culture. Eubanks is also a blogger and podcaster.
12. Tim Sackett:
Tim Sackett is the President of HRU Technical Resources, a leading IT and Engineering Staffing firm headquartered in Lansing, MI. Tim has 20 years of combined Executive HR and Talent Acquisition experience, working for Fortune 500 companies in healthcare, retail, dining, and technology. Tim is a highly sought after national speaker on leadership, talent acquisition, and HR execution. He is also a prolific writer in the HR and Talent space, writing for Fistful of Talent and his blog The Tim Sackett Project.
13. Dave Ulrich:
Dave has shaped the HR profession and is called the “father of modern HR” and “HR thought leader of the decade”. He has grand ideas that can and have been changing the face of the top organizations for over 35 years now. Even after being ranked as the #1 management guru by Business Week, profiled by Fast Company as one of the world’s top 10 creative people in business, a top 5 coach in Forbes, and recognized on Thinkers50 as one of the world’s leading business thinkers, he is one of the most modest leaders you’ll ever meet.
He is another such leader, with whom we had the pleasure to talk to and you can get those valuable insights here.
14. Trish McFarlane:
If you’ve heard of HR Happy Hour, then you’ve heard of its host Trish McFarlane. In addition to the podcast, McFarlane also tweets about analytics, human capital management, talent and recruiting. Author of the HR Ringleader blog, Trish is the VP of HR Practice/ Principal Analyst for the Brandon Hall Group. A former HR executive with over 15 years of experience in Big 4 public accounting, PR, healthcare, and IT, her expertise in leadership, performance management, training & development, change management, social media, and innovation, enables her to capture readers and audiences with real-life examples of how leadership plays out in organizations.
15. David Green:
David Green is a respected influencer on the expanding topic of people analytics as well as a wider commentator on the implications of the human resources function of the future of work. He is an active contributor to social media, a regular writer and blogger whilst also speaking at industry events and being an experienced conference chair and moderator. David has recently received recognition as Best Writer at the 2015 HR Tech Writers’ Awards and also from LinkedIn, who made him one of their ten Power Profiles for Human Resources in the UK based on his influence on the site in 2015. He has developed deep knowledge in talent acquisition and analytics having undertaken a breadth of roles covering sales, consulting and solutions design.
16. Jon Ingham:
Jon Ingham has often been considered one of the leading individuals when it comes to innovation, technology, and talent management within the human resources and business space. He is a writer with several pieces of work to his name. He is also well versed in the digital HR space as a blogger and contributor. He is also known for tips, ideas and advice on managing the employee lifecycle.
17. Jessica Miller-Merrell :
Jessica Miller-Merrell is the founder of Workology and the host of its podcast. Much of her work focuses on Generation Z and their impact on the workplace. She also discusses future HR technologies and diversity. She’s been named a Forbes Top 50 Social Media Power User and is a workplace change agent focused on human resources and talent acquisition.
18. Jim Stroud:
Jim Stroud is an author, blogger, and speaker. He focuses on human resources, recruiting and job search strategy. Stroud is based in Atlanta, Georgia. He was named one of Monster.com’s “Ten Top Employment Bloggers to Follow on Twitter” and was ranked No. 7 on the list of “Top 25 HR Digital Influencers.” He’s also the author of The Number One Job Hunting Book in the World! (CreateSpace, 2015). He has been podcasting since 2009 and was an early YouTube adopter and has his own influential blog, over 25,000 followers on Twitter.
19. Lou Adler:
Lou Adler has rightly been called the original headhunter. His organization, The Adler Group, has trained more than 40,000 recruiters and hiring managers. He’s an author as well with some of his books being on Amazon’s bestseller list. From his Twitter account, followers can expect tips on hiring smarter and information on steps HR professionals can take in improving recruitment methods.
20. Steve Browne:
An accomplished speaker, writer, and thought leader on Human Resource Management for more than 30 years, Steve Browne is dedicated to connecting the global HR community and helping it learn and grow together. Browne has held HR roles in various industries, including manufacturing, consumer products, professional services, and restaurants.
Who did we miss?
According to Twitter, there are more than 326 million monthly active Twitter users. On any given day, approximately 500 million tweets are sent. There’s a lot of useful information swirling around the platform. We might have missed someone that should be on this list.
That’s where you come in the picture.
We’d love to hear who you think should be included in our list of Top 20 HR Leaders to follow in 2021!