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Qualities of a Good Consultant

 
#1 Qualities of a Good Consultant
10/11/2002 00:00

Williams

I have just completed an MBA course and have some work experience in the area of HRM. I am considering a career in Consultancy but do not seem to have the qualities according to what I think are those required to be one. I only have good knowledge and understanding of HRM work, leadership skills, flexibility, observation and adaptation skills, writing skills, sense of humour, self discpline and resourcefulness. I am however not a very good public speaker and apart from being involved in managing a training function as a HR practitioner, I am not good at facilitating training. Do you think I can make it to be a Consultant? What are the most important qualities of a Consultant?

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#2 Re: Qualities of a Good Consultant
11/11/2002 00:00

James Diamond

When I started in consulting in 1986 I felt much the same as you, but I'm still here. The qualities you mention are all excellent. No one in my experience all the qualities, and as you develop in your career you will find your own style and niche which makes the most of who you areThere is room for a range of personalities, and aptitudes. Most important of all is independance of mind, and to be self-actualising. Public speaking is something you get used to as you become more confident and feel you have something to say.

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#3 Re: Qualities of a Good Consultant
18/11/2002 00:00

Richard

What sort of consultant? The 'consulting' market is huge: System integration, Internet, Hardware, Software, HR consulting, Finance, Operations, PR, Management Consulting....and the necessary 'core' skills vary accordingly. Having said this interpersonal skills, presentation skills and analytical skills may be more or less neccesary in all areas, less in IT, more in Management Consulting. Rule nr 1: Consulting companies live of selling their consultants to customers, thus the consultant have to be a likeable person because customers are just ordinary people :).

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#4 Re: Qualities of a Good Consultant
18/04/2003 00:00

Allen Saville

Williams,

I just wrote a book, mostly about executive coaching, in which I listed the "twelve Cs" of coaching. I think they work for consultants as well. They are: craving (desire), character, capability, competence, commitment, credibility, charisma, chemistry, concern, confrontation, communication, change-focused. Desire is listed first for a reason. Being able to facilitate is very important. You said, "not good at facilitating training," can you facilitate "other than training"? Best wishes for success in your endeavors.

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