Although talent management is a constantly changing concept, it has become an integral part of business planning. There is, however, still a lack of clarity about the core skill sets needed to manage human capital effectively. The research conducted for this report focused on determining the critical competencies talent management leaders need to contribute to and enhance business outcomes. These competencies include the mental agility to think strategically and the political sense to successfully communicate whatever changes are needed. To find what other steps are needed to take talent management leaders where they need to go, read this report.