It’s not a laughing matter. Well, it really is. Outstanding leadership depends on it. What’s that, you say?
A study was published at Boston University (Laughter and Leadership by Fabio Sala). The researcher analyzed two years of longitudinal data from organizational leaders. Leaders were categorized as “outstanding” or “average”.
The researcher found outstanding leaders used three times the number of humorous comments as average leaders. They also found outstanding leaders caused laughter twice as much when interviewing for their own careers.
Is it a laughing matter?
I’m not sure how the saying applies in this case. Either way. Go ahead. Use humor.
It’s human, authentic, and is one of the most powerful resonators at your disposal.