Humor and Honesty Go Hand in Hand

Watching a “Daily Show with Jon Stewart” interview the other day, I was again struck by the  no-B.S. approach to his interviews.  In fact the guest, Cliff May, after having a rather spirited discussion about torture,  thanked Jon for the most honest interview he’d had thus far in the media.

As George Barnard Shaw once quipped, “If you’re going to tell people the truth, you better make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.” Since the days of court jesters, humor has been a tool used to express uncomfortable truths.   This is one of the main reasons why I’m so passionate about humor. Humor really does slice through the B.S. and allows us to speak in a more authentic way.  Humor keeps us honest. Humor keeps us real.  Humor strips away the fake veneer and wipes away the “professional masks” we so often where when we are at work.

It’s no wonder that studies suggest that leaders who share their sense of humor are seen as being more trustworthy and credible – the humor they use helps them present themselves as real human beings.

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