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Bettina Schaller: On Habit


Bettina Schaller heads the Group Public Affairs activities of Adecco Group, the world's leading provider of HR solutions. She is an alumna of the 2011 Young Leaders Conference and member of the American Swiss Foundation's Board of Directors.

You know them—the habits of highly effective and successful people. You have intuitively been following them. Or, as the word “habit” in French implies: You’ve been wearing it.

If you’re looking for hands-on tips for developing more effective leadership habits, how about the HABIT checklist? Here you are: Humility, Authenticity, Bravery, Intention, and Tenacity.

What keeps me on my toes is the quest to strike a balance between the habitual and the infrequent. The comfort zone versus curiosity—which is where a leader’s potential unleashes. Only by crossing the line of certainty and familiarity can one grow. Habit as a routine is treacherous for a leader. Unless you make it a HABIT to reshuffle the cards, to refocus your lens.

With that being said: There are two habits of which a leader should never tire: (1) kindness and (2) empowering others.

Go team!