The Trait Warren Buffett Cares Most About in Employees

Let’s say you’re a manager who needs to hire a new employee. You interview several candidates and ultimately figure you’re best off hiring the smartest individual in the group.

Not so fast. Warren Buffett, one of the richest and most successful entrepreneurs in the world, looks for three things in prospective new hires: intelligence, energy, and integrity.

Per Buffett, only one of those traits is non-negotiable: integrity.

This makes sense. If you’re trying to build an engaging culture filled with employees who live and breathe your values, you need to hire people you can trust and respect, and who return the favor to both you and their peers. Otherwise, you may end up with a stable of incredibly smart employees who all have toxic personalities.

To learn more about the link between integrity and a great team—and what you can do to increase the chances you hire candidates with integrity—head over to Inc.