What are the traits that I should look for in my teammates?
There are three essential skillsets/traits that I look for in my teammates - communication skills, agility, and composure. As long as someone has the capabilities for these three skills, a team leader can guide them to be an effective and skilled comms professional. In fact, by design, most of the teams who have worked for me didn't have any direct comms background and were in other fields when recruited.
Having a good grasp of your team's capabilities will allow you to grow and encourage these skills.
So, what about from the teammate POV?
Six Key Traits to a Great Employee Experience
Comms shops are fast-paced and, at times, stressful environments. Your role as a leader is to cultivate your talent and build a great culture to create engaged teammates. Below are six traits of a high-functioning shop from a teammate's point of view.
Glint has a great article on People Success, and I've been following these tenets for many years in all of my shops.