Tenure-track faculty members must not only think well, but they must also write well, speak well, and interact with people well. They should have a keen business sense and be adept in managing budgets, projects, and people. Paradoxically, they must be fiercely independent, yet able to collaborate well with others.
They must be confident enough to know when they’ve found a scientific truth, but humble enough to admit when they are wrong. They should be kind enough to mentor younger scientists, but stingy enough with their time to be able to manage it well. In addition, faculty members must have a driving passion toward their research and be willing to devote a Herculean effort over many years.