“A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done.”
– Dwight D. Eisenhower
Despite his youth, 43 years old John F. Kennedy captured the Democratic nomination in 1960 and went on to win one of the closest elections in US history.
During his election campaign, he was battered by press and was accused of buying votes due to his wealthy father funding the campaign.
Kennedy was aware of this and wanted the press to support him.
During his next press briefing, he started with taking out a telegram from his pocket and said, “ Friends, I just received a telegram from my father which says-son, whatever you do, I am not going to fund you for a landslide.”
Press never raised this issue again.
Every batsman in the world feared Joel Garner, West Indian fast bowler.
He was tall at 6 ft. 8 inches and a permanent source of curiosity among journalists.
A lady journalist asked him during an interview, “ Mr. Garner, are you proportionate all over?”
Joel Garner replied with a straight face, “ If it was true, I should have been 8 ft. 6 inches tall.”
Laughter is the key ingredient in being successful in any business.
Here are 10 ways having a sense of humor can help you to be more successful at work.
1) Humor diffuses conflict:
If you see a situation leading to a deadlock, toss out a one liner. It creates a lighter mood and people are more willing to reach a compromise.
Good negotiators are often masters at humor.
2) People will enjoy working with you:
People want to work with people they like. Why wouldn’t you?
You spend huge chunks of your waking hours at work, so you don’t want it to be seen as on a funeral march.
Sense of Humor-at the right time and place-is a great way to win friends and influence people.
3) Helps build trust:
Michael Kerr, an international business speaker, president of Humor at Work, and author of The Humor Advantage: Why Some Businesses are Laughing all the Way to the Bank (Dec. 2013) says. “You can build trust with the effective use of humor because humor often reveals the authentic person lurking under the professional mask.”
He explains that numerous studies suggest that people who share a healthy, positive sense of humor tend be more likable and are viewed as being more trustworthy.
“Humor is also viewed as sign of intelligence,” he adds. “All of these characteristics, as well as the fact that humor is a fabulous icebreaker and can tear down walls, can help people build relationships in the workplace,”
4) Tons of research says so:
Kerr says dozens of surveys suggest that humor can be at least one of the keys to success.
Half International survey, for instance, found that 91% of executives believe a sense of humor is important for career advancement; While 84% feel that people with a good sense of humor do a better job.
Another study by Bell Leadership Institute found that the two most desirable traits in leaders were a strong work ethic and a good sense of humor.
5) Humor is a potent stress buster:
In a stress situation, a good laugh can work as a great stress buster.
Lets admit it-you are going to face stress situation almost every day.
You need to develop a strong internal immunity system and having a good sense of humor or having people with good sense of humor around you can change the way you look at life.
6) It boosts morale:
Humor boosts morale and retention while reducing turnover because employees look forward to coming to work.
Employees like to work for and with others who have a sense of humor. We all prefer to have fun at work. At the end of the day, you don’t feel tired if the environment is fun and friendly.
7) Humor also boosts creativity:
If you can laugh at yourself, then you can inspire others to be more creative and productive.
People who focus on the stressful aspects of work get less done, but humor has a way of opening people up to new possibilities and frees their minds to spark new ideas.
You never know where the next great business idea will come from when you laugh at yourself.
8) Opening up lines of communication:
If you can get some one to laugh, you can get him or her to listen.
Laughter leads to better relationships. Meeting someone new? Start with a joke or a shared moment of laughter.
People learn more, and learn faster, when they laugh. That’s why good teachers often employ humor as a teaching aid.
Getting people to laugh at work reduces absenteeism. They’ll want to show up for work if they know that they will have an enjoyable day ahead.
9) Productivity is increased:
Lynn Taylor, workplace expert and author of Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant says, “Humor creates an upbeat atmosphere that encourages interaction, brainstorming of new ideas, and a feeling that there are few risks in thinking outside the box. All that leads to greater productivity,” Taylor explains. “It also stands to reason that if you’re in a more jovial atmosphere, you’ll have more passion for what you do. Your work ethic will increase, and your enthusiasm will likely be contagious. It’s a win-win for you and your employer.”
10) Your Customers will love you:
When your customers see how lighthearted you are, they’ll want to be around you more.
You can make your customers happy, when they walk in the door just by fostering a lighter atmosphere.
Happier customers spend more money, so get that sense of humor out there.