The #1 Trait To Look For When Hiring

Have you ever played pin the tail on the donkey? It is really hard. You know the general direction of the donkey, but because you are blindfolded, you are extremely handicapped in your quest to get the tail on the donkey. A little like the hiring process.

Question: If you had to pick three primary skills/attributes when hiring what would they be:

-Tactical and technical knowledge
-Ability to teach
-Ability to connect w/ athletes
-Organizational skills
-Work ethic/motor
-Communication skills
-Attention to detail

These are some of the skills/attributes that leaders look for when hiring.

I want to propose one other attribute that I think might be the most important.

Possessing this one attribute doesn’t ensure the candidate will be a home-run hire. But if they don’t have it, it ensures he/she will be a really bad fit.


What is humility? Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it is thinking of yourself less.

Some traits of humility: teachable, steps back and defers when necessary, steps forward and leads when necessary, willing to look in the mirror, knows the lane to run in, sees and calls out the gold in other people, avoids self-promotion and self-protection, admits errors, takes ownership, strongly held beliefs with a willingness to listen and learn and change when needed (teachable).

If you are hiring…hire humble people.

You can be totally confident in your abilities, skillset, and experience, and still be humble.

You can also be totally insecure in your abilities, skillset, and experience, and still be prideful.

The #1 trait to sniff out is pride.

The #1 trait to hire for is humility.

Humility + competence are a great combo!

PS. When talking about developing an environment in your program, this, in my opinion, has to be one of the top characteristics you grow your people in.

Do you want to unlock the potential inside of yourself? If so, I’d love to join you on that journey.

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Travis Wyckoff

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