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Humor as a Tool in Leadership

Tess Stansbury

"There is plenty of room for humor. Humor serves different purposes when utilized. It can be a calming force and a unifying one; if used aggressively, it can be hurtful and divisive. But when used for good, people who use humor can do so to express a shared humanity, a common understanding of life."

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  • Chris Campo

    I love this mentality, how many of your favorite teachers were the "funny ones"? or for those in retail was your favorite manager not the store leader, but the low level manager who liked to joke around for a bit? Nonetheless, in my experience these were the people I wanted to work hard for because they made doing the work seem less daunting. The bonus to it, is that most of the time I made a new friend, which is always a plus. Hard work and humor really are cohesive in my book.

    • Alessandra Rizzotti

      Totally agree. Humor helps break the ice- and shows that you can let your guard down/connect with people.

      • Chris Campo

        Knowing that as a leader, you can see the difference you can make in the work environment. It works everywhere too, ive worked internationally and made a few jokes with the locals then all the sudden everyone is a friend. It's a great feeling. Which reminds me of one of the best posters I've ever seen, it had a simple but memorable quote: "we all smile in the same language"

        • AlRizzo2

          Love that quote. Should be a poster!