Back at the end of the 2008 season, Clark Hunt embarked on a search for the Kansas City Chiefs next general manager search. To assist him in the search, he had a list of what he was looking for in the Chiefs next GM.
Those traits were:
Shrewd evaluator of talent
Experience with winning teams
Blends into the Chiefs culture
Someone outside the organization.
Four years later, Hunt is now looking for a head coach. Once again, he talked about what he's looking for in the Chiefs next head coach.
These are a few of the traits he mentioned to Mitch Holthus on KCChiefs.com:
Proven leader: Several ways to look at this. Saying "proven" could mean someone who's done it before -- i.e. a former head coach. But you can also be a leader without being a head coach, so I'm not sure how much to read into that.
Someone who has been part of building a successful program: Important! He said the same thing back in 2009 when he was looking for a GM. And he hired Scott Pioli, who had success in New England. Not that any owner is looking for someone who has only coached on bad teams.
High integrity: Find me an owner who's looking for someone with low integrity.
Effective communicator and teacher: You'd assume this but it's still important. Being "effective" doesn't mean you have to be nice and it doesn't mean you have to be a hard-ass. Effective ... now I'm not even sure what that means.
High football IQ: Hopefully.
Enjoys working hard a willing to hold himself and those around him accountable: Another trait every owner is looking for in every employee.