I was recently reading through a list of 10 qualities that make a great leader. Most of these were no surprise – honesty, ability to delegate, good communication skills, confidence – but one really caught my eye: a sense of humor.
“Morale is linked to productivity, and it’s your job as the team leader to instill a positive energy,” Tanya Prive, contributor to Forbes, wrote in the article. “That’s where your sense of humor will finally pay off.
“Encourage your team to laugh at the mistakes instead of crying,” she added. “If you are constantly learning to find the humor in the struggles, your work environment will become a happy and healthy space.”
She also suggested regularly joking around with your team and encouraging discussions of weekend plans and trips.
A CBS MoneyWatch article by Steve Tobak lists seven reasons why having a sense of humor is “one of the most underrated leadership traits”:
- humor is disarming;
- it relieves tension during crises;
- it softens the blow of bad news;
- humor is great for team building;
- it gets people to root for you;
- it places emphasis on key points; and
- humor is motivating.
Laugh! Smile! Enjoy what you do and enjoy working with those around you. It makes a difference.