Re: Poll: Which would you rather have in an aikido beginners teacher?
We're talking about teaching beginning students here, so perhaps in trying to keep the dropout rate down, personality is more important. A beginner with no previous MA experience wouldn't necessarily know good technical ability from bad, but they do know if they feel comfortable training under that teacher. From experience, it seems to me that good technicians with zero personality lose students quicker.
In the later stages in training, the teacher's personality becomes less of a consideration, and their technical ability much more.