It’s a mystery to many in the business world but solving the leadership puzzle is not merely important, it’s an absolute necessity. Procuring and fostering great leaders in your company can be the difference between epic success and utter failure.

But how does one go about finding individuals that can lead your organization to the top? Skillful leaders tend to have certain characteristics in common so hiring employees, especially in management, that display the following 5 qualities can set up your company not only for the foreseeable future but for decades to come.

1. Honesty

There are leaders that lie but liars never make a great leader. No one wants to follow a dishonest person and quite frankly who can trust someone, particularly in a leadership role, with their best ideas? A true leader sticks to the highest ethical standards.

2. A Great Communicator

Communication may be the most important quality a great leader possesses. Leaving employees in the dark is a recipe for disaster. When employees are not privy to important information, such as the direction of the company or where they individually stand within the organization, they tend to gossip and complain. A great leader stays in constant communication with his employees to suppress this negative cycle before it ever begins.

3. Accountability to Goals

The best leaders hold themselves and their employees to the highest standards. Merely setting goals is not enough. Everyone, including the manager, needs to be all in. If a goal is not achieved a great leader needs to spring into action and correct the mistakes that led to his team falling short.

4. They Emanate Passion

When you envision an effective leader, do you imagine someone who sleep walks through the day or an individual who tackles his tasks with passion and enthusiasm? A great leader doesn’t have to stand on top of a desk and give a Vince Lombardi­like halftime speech but he should be able inspire his workers. From training to sales meetings to debriefings, a great leader should handle his responsibilities with fervor and positivity.

5. Trust

If an executive does his due diligence and hires the right employees ­­ and subsequently provides them with exemplary training – he should give his workers autonomy. Great leaders do not micromanage and instead empower their team members to exercise creativity and make important decisions on their own.