I currently work in the freelance world of writing, editing, and publishing and have developed some very good relationships with people in the industry.
One thing that I can tell you is that they are definitely honest individuals. If I submit a piece of and if they do not agree with the way it is formatted or the subject matter, they will let me know their opinions. This can sometimes cause some creative differences, when it comes to my writing submissions, but I have to say that this honesty has made me into a better writer and editor.
There are a few other personality traits that I have observed. One is that they are very detail oriented. It one paragraph or comma is out of place, they will catch it and let me know about it. If they want changes in a piece of my writing, they will send it back and have me do it over. They definitely in my opinion have really good visual senses and an eye for details.
I have also observed that they have excellent leadership abilities. Their responsibilities include managing and overseeing a large number of writers, so they need to be able to diplomatic, but they also need to be fair and equitable in the way they communicate with people.
They also seem to have some great imaginations and creative abilities. For example if they feel one line of a submission would be more clear by being written another way, then you will need to find a way to meet their expectations in that particular piece.
They also tend to have a high amount of energy. They need to work with several categories of people when they are looking to publish a paper or a book. They review all the submissions, edit and send back any for changes, contact and send all the submissions to the printers, and maintain the company website.
Overall, there are several requirements that are needed to be a good editor and publisher. You will need a large amount of expertise in the subject matter you are managing, you will need to have a good grasp and command of the English language, you will need to be detail oriented and have a good eye for editing submissions, you will need to be a good mentor and leader to the writers you are managing, and you will need to be diplomatic and able to work through criticism and adversity. Yes, honesty is one of the best characteristics you can have. Sometimes I feel that I really gave it my best when it came to writing a particular piece of work. But if the editor and publisher feels like I can do better, then I will write it again and eventually reach a compromise with them regarding what they want. In the long term it has worked out for both sides, and has made me into a much more creative writer, and has helped me to write stories and poetry that I thought I could never do.
I hope this has been helpful. Thank you for your question.