Every organization wants to have the best talent. Identifying, attracting and ultimately hiring high-potentials is a crucial element of the ongoing battle in the \u201cwar for talent\u201d. It also holds considerable risks as bringing the wrong person onboard can incur significant costs, can slow down team performance and can negatively impact a healthy work environment. It is not surprising that HR executives and senior leaders are constantly searching for ways to mitigate these risks. An important and revealing study by Leadership IQ, a leadership training and research firm, exposed some important lessons that leaders and organizations can glean when approaching the critical initiative of recruiting. Their insightful research spanned three-years, from 2012 to 2014, and tracked 5,000 leaders who collectively hired more than 20,000 employees during the study period. When they examined how organizations typically selected their new recruits, the vast majority use the same approach \u2014 they spend time interviewing and qualifying skill-based attributes. Essentially, more focus was placed on the technical side of the hiring equation in terms of what skills the candidates possessed, as well as their degree of competence in each of these areas.