Thursday, September 18, 2014

Quote-A-Day: Day 262

The best leaders not only laugh with others, but also laugh at themselves.

Does anyone know when we became so serious?

We all know some leaders who never seem to crack a smile.  It's as if all aspects of the work they do is so onerous and so devastating, that each day is a disaster even before it has begun.

That's no way to live.

And it's no way to lead.

The best leaders know that the only way to truly lead with others is to "live" with them, and that means that we have to be just as capable of being silly as we are of being serious.

That doesn't mean that you have to swing all the way to the other side and be a jokester.  Instead, as situations arise, we must be comfortable being serious, silly, sad, and every other range of emotion that exists.

While work is different in many ways than our personal lives, it is also an extension of who we are and who we need to be.  That means that the leader who only shows one side of him/herself is the leader who can never truly lead.

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