Gary Burnison, Korn Ferry, (https://www.kornferry.com), writes occasionally about Leadership. In a recent piece he focused on humor and shared stories of when humor diffused difficult, awkward situations. Of all that he wrote the sentences below touched me, so I am sharing them with you.
Humor is a legitimate leadership tool, and it takes a lot of intelligence (emotional and intellectual) to use it well. It can become the release valve that lightens despair and disarms conflict.
For family and friends, colleagues and clients, adding a dose of levity and authenticity can alleviate even the heaviest of downpours. We become relatable. We become more human. We don’t build walls of words; we help people climb over to reach us. Indeed, where there’s humor, there’s humanity.
No matter where we are in the world, no matter that what makes me laugh may not make any sense to you - and the reverse - I believe as Mr. Burnison does, that we all benefit when laughter is part of lives. So I wish you leaders who laugh and laughter to brighten your days.