#Leading w/o #laughter is akin to swimming w/o water. In both cases you'll never get anywhere. #QuoteADay #Day335 #edchat #satchat #NYedchat
Last evening my wife and I got together with an old friend of hers. I've known this friend since I was eighteen, and while we don't get together too often, it is always a blast when we do.
Last night was uproarious.
We all laughed harder than we likely have in a long time, so hard, in fact, that all of our stomachs hurt. The power of good food, good friends, and good fun should never be underestimated.
In fact, it is the power of laughter that the best leaders are able to harness. Laughter is definitely the best medicine, but it is also a necessity for anyone who wants to lead effectively.
Trying to lead without laughter being a mainstay is much like attempting to swim without water. In both scenarios you really won't get anywhere.
Even in the most dire circumstances, deep laughter can lift a cloud, so much so that people can feel re-energized to continue the deep and hard work that may be in front of them.
Embracing laughter doesn't mean you need to be a jokester or a comedian. But it does mean you have to recognize humor when it happens, and welcome it.
Smiles and laughter are contagious, and it is always much better to fall victim to a bout of laughter than to fall victim to a bout of anger or frustration.
We need to lead (and live) with laughter, and encourage all those we serve to do so as well.