Buffett Says If You Hire People on Intelligence but They Lack This Other Trait, Don't Bother

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From: Inc.
By: Marcel Schwantes
Are you looking to hire the right person? Of course you are.
Thinks smarts is the only quality you are looking for? Think again.
Character traits are critical to a person’s lasting impact to a company.
And one particularly trait stands out in Buffet’s mind. The following artice from Mr. Schwates in Inc. explains.
Warren Buffett gave some great advice a few years ago on key attributes to look for when considering job candidates. He narrowed it down to three, but one is purely non-negotiable. Buffet said:

You’re looking for three things, generally, in a person: intelligence, energy, and integrity. And if they don’t have the last one, don’t even bother with the first two.

Buffett is dead on. Here’s why integrity is so important in the people you hire, especially your future managers.

You don’t question them for their actions.

Hall of Fame football coach Tony Dungy, in his book Uncommon, said: “Integrity is the choice between what’s convenient and what’s right.” When someone leads with integrity, it makes it hard to question that person. People operating within parameters of truth, honesty, and ethics will listen to their heart and do the right thing, even when nobody is watching. Their actions are open for everyone to see; they don’t have to worry about hiding anything from anyone, nor do you have to worry about them hiding anything from you!

Trust is developed seamlessly.

When someone exercises integrity and good judgment, trust is gained, especially with those working and collaborating in close proximity.
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