A couple of weeks ago, we began a 3-part series called 3 Traits of a Healthy Leader, in which we began examining 3 key traits that should be present in the life of a healthy, thriving leader. If you missed the first post of the series, click here.
This week we’re taking a look at the 2ndtrait in the series: Humor
“A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people,
of getting things done.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower
You might be wondering what humor has to do with healthy leadership. The answer is, PLENTY!
Healthy leaders must have a sense of humor. Here’s why:
· Humor can create team unity and community by creating fun memories. Shared experiences create feelings of comfort and happiness within the team dynamic. Being able to laugh together, as simple as it may seem, goes a long way toward building community.
· Humor is energizing and mood lifting. You just plain feel better after a good laugh! Team members who feel energized and happy typically get more done and are likely to stay employed with you for a longer time. As a bonus, they are also more pleasant to work with!
· Humor is healthy! Laughter has the ability to lower blood pressure, boost the immune system, and reduce stress. Who doesn’t need that?! A healthy team will have fewer sick days and a happier morale. Win!
Of course, not every situation lends itself to humor. You do need to be careful. A healthy leader is also discerning about when and how to use humor in the workplace. Crude or inappropriate humor has no place in your leadership. Humor should edify and enlighten, not degrade or shame.
The bottom line: A healthy leader knows how to have a good sense of humor.
Ask yourself these questions:
1. Does my leadership have a lightheartedness to it? Would you characterize your leadership style as one that can afford to bring joy into situations? A healthy leader knows that they can afford to lighten up from time to time because they know that it is ultimately God who is in control of their ministry, not them.
2. Do I take myself (and others) a little too seriously? Do you frown more than smile? How often do you share your mistakes with your team? If you take yourself too seriously, you become hard to relate to and that can become a serious problem. Your team wants to be able to relate to you in the lighthearted as well as the serious.
3. How often does my team laugh together? If I were to spend a day in your ministry, how often would I hear laughter? Laughter is often a sign of health in an organization.
What are you doing to foster a spirit of lightheartedness and humor in your ministry?