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Is a Sense of Humor Becoming a Prerequisite for Effective Leadership?

Filed under: Humor in the Workplace Blog - 29 Aug 2014

When you consider all the benefits of a healthy sense of humor at work (for example, see the Forbes article,  10 Reasons Why Humor Is A Key To Success) and surveys such as the Bell Leadership Institute’s study which found that a sense of humor was considered the most important characteristic of a leader (along with a strong work ethic), then is it time to consider humor a core competency for effective leadership?

Keep in mind, I’m not talking about being funny or having Seinfeld-like comedic skills.  I’m talking rather about the global, broader definition of humor: the ability to recognize the absurdities and incongruities that flitter by us each day, the ability to laugh at ourselves and roll with the punches, and the ability to quite simply and bluntly – not take ourselves so bloody seriously! 

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