Humour should be an essential part of the leadership
A human quality that seems essential, humour is still underused in business, if not necessarily well perceived. However, it can prove to be a tool capable of boosting performance and even becoming a real competitive advantage. This is explained by the founder of Leading With Humour, an international consulting company geared towards leaders and an Associate at the Cambridge Wo + Men’s Leadership Center.
La Tribune – Is humour accepted in a company? If yes, at what level (s)?
Vanessa Marcié -Accepting laughter and using humour in business depends on the organisational culture and personality of the leader. The permission to laugh comes from above, that’s why I train leaders in the power of humour so that they can encourage laughter within their company and/or their team. The research I have published in collaboration with the Wo + Men Leadership Center at the University of Cambridge reveals that humour can be used strategically according to gender, situation and hierarchical status.
Is humour a management tool? How to make good use of it?
Humour is a powerful management tool. A manager can adapt his type of humour according to the status of the person to whom he is speaking, depending on whether this person is his superior, subordinate or peer; depending on the gender and if the situation is formal or informal. When used correctly, humour can generate benefits in the following areas: Group cohesion; Communication; Stress reduction; Creativity; Corporate culture; Power and Social distance. Understanding the mechanisms of organisational humour and the different strategies to optimise the company performance thanks to humour allow to transform this underestimated asset into a real competitive advantage. How? This involves knowing yourself and your goals and a real work of introspection to change your state of mind and make a positive change in the way you communicate and perceive others and your environment.
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