A good sense of humor is essential for every one. One cannot be serious about life all the time and build up tension and stress while having to face life’s situations on day-to-day basis. One should be able to laugh and joke and have fun while interacting with others and make others laugh and loosen up too.
In these present times of unprecedented economic downturn and crises time, it is the sense of humor of the leader that can make a difference to his team and himself too. This seems to be a prime challenge amongst many others befriending him.
Sense of humor does not mean that he has to be funny or laugh it off. As a leader he would know when and how to crack a joke to lighten up the situation and still carry the seriousness of the tasks ahead of him.
Humor is an important attitude that everyone must have for it gives us a different perspective with which to look at situations confronting us and also at the life. It helps us remain calm and not get worked up or over excited when faced with life’s challenges and issues.
It is the way that the leader eases up the situation and lightens up the mood of the entire team that sets the pace for the entire team to continue taking on stressful situations and still make progress. Especially in times of economic downturn, boss’s sense of humor does help in assuring people that things will be all right and remove any kind of insecurity from their minds. When there is such a backing and conscious effort from the boss to make things easy for the employees, employees too get motivated to put everything behind them and make things happen for the company.
While work at office is definitely a serious matter and one cannot take things lightly, taking a few minutes off every now and then to have a good laugh or see things in lighter sense can keep one focused on the current job at hand without having to worry about future. It helps us bond with the others too.
Don’t take things lightly but don’t be too serious. Especially if you are the boss, learn to walk with a light and clear head. Make it a point to share a good laughter session with your team. See the magic it does for your team as well as you.
A leader walks the talk. Remember, if you smile, your team will smile back at you.