Do you have an English word for "an ability to use people wisely"?

The meaning I would like to convey is the ability of someone who can pick the right person for the right job. Failing that, is there a phrase or idiomatic expression which would equally do?

  • Are you looking for something like "wisdom" which is more general or "coach" which is more specific?
    – Peter
    Commented Apr 24, 2016 at 11:51
  • Can you write a sentence and put a blank (____) where you want your word to go? Commented Apr 24, 2016 at 15:34
  • Having (an ability or skill to use the right people for the right job) is one of the ten qualities in being a leader.
    – Bunthorn
    Commented Apr 26, 2016 at 13:02
  • There's also the expression the person who knows the right man for the job but that doesn't quite mean what you are asking for.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Oct 22, 2016 at 7:52

1 Answer 1


It is not a single word, but in a business world, the term "skills management" is broadly used which means:

the practice of understanding, developing and deploying people and their skills. Well-implemented skills management should identify the skills that job roles require, the skills of individual employees, and any gap between the two.

People have different skills, knowledge and aptitudes, etc and managing them effectively and efficiently are the key to success. A good manager must have excellent "management skills" or "management capability" and "skills management" is one of the most important management skills.

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .