She loves to laugh. She’s eloquent and engaging. Barbara Karuth-Zelle is curious about other people and knows how to accept and motivate them “as they are”. In fact, she’s a “team whisperer”, which is easy to believe when she talks about her childhood: there’s a hint of the spirit of the late sixties that permeates the first twelve years of her life.
In those days her parents, with their three children, formed a kind of commune for their leisure time. They spent practically every weekend, including holidays, with two other families at a farmhouse in Tyrol. Those were happy days, in harmony with nature, and the Munich native wouldn’t have missed them for anything. They’re the foundation of an easygoing attitude that has stayed with her to this day.
But there’s also her other side: the disciplined manager who has always worked hard and enthusiastically, with only a short interruption even for the period when she bore her two children (now 18 and 15 years old). Someone to whom it’s important to stay transparent in everything she does, so everybody knows where they stand with her. Someone, for her part, who can tell you very clearly what she does and does not like. And who’s ready to do what’s needed when people and attitudes aren’t a good match. The daughter of a rather strict vocational school teacher, who was always fully committed to her job. That too may have been an influence.