Alishah Due to humor being an important

Alishah Gilani Professor Lovvorn English 10104 December 2017The Importance of Humor in Leadership Positions We all have that person at work, school, or any workforce like Michael Scott in The Office who tries to be funny and its simply the exact opposite. Then as good workers we have to akwardly laugh it out and pretend nothing happened. These type of situations make us think there is no place for humor in the workforce, but as a matter of fact, we miss opportunities for developing one important aspect of leadership, which is humor. Having a sense of humor helps us keep things in perspective and sometimes have an affect on how memorable you are in a workforce. Studying humor within the workforce is an important aspect to be studied because effective leadership is not an easy task, and it is important to be aware of how we as leaders may influence our peers with a good sense of humor. Aiming to research the correlation between these two ideas, I researched: To what extent humor may be an influence on empowering an individual as a successful, effective leader? There are at least two major answers to this question. The first is, like previous scholars have figured out, a good sense of humor shows a significant influence on empowering an individual as a leader within a group of people. Secondly, there are still certain limitations to the use of humor that a leader should always be aware of and not cross those boundries. Due to humor being an important role in our society, humor has always been an interesting topic for many scholars. Therefore, it is of great importance to see what other scholars have discussed about the topic of my research. A large amount of research has been done on the roles of humor in making our society a better place and especially in how it can influence individuals in multiple ways. Humor can affect leadership by strengthening social bonds and elevating status. In a significant study published by the Harvard Business Review, the author, Alison Brooks, found out that jokes can make individuals more significant members of their social groups by increasing their status, which is an indication of a possible relationship between humor and leadership skills. She also discovered that making a joke signals their confidence and competence compared to other people and argued that whether or not the joke might work, it definitely gives people an opportunity to increase their status to a certain extent. By using humor while presenting, defenitely makes the the speaker seem more informed and confident in what they’re saying. If one can make a successful joke relating to their topic and not seem to be nervous, indirectly lets the audience know that you are well informed about your information and therefore, makes you a sucessful leader. Other researchers have also generally agreed on the roles of humor and its influence on  individuals. Humor can affect leadership by persuading the audience and building an argument. In a Psychology & Marketing article, Thomas Cline and James Kellaris published an article establishing a relationship between the impact of humor and argument strength and found out that making a joke creates a chance for individuals to make up for their weak arguments. In another Psychology academic journal, Jim Lyttle,  discovered that by capturing the audience’s interest in the form of a cartoon,  would boost the effectiveness of a message intended to persuade. It is obvious that using comedy during  another day at work, humor will grab your attention and help you comprehend the information easily, which makes the leader a good one. Persuasion in a business workforce is a vital concept where you are constantly competing with others and trying to be the best. Therefore, by using humor you not only can persuade people easily, but can make yourself seem confident in what you’re saying. In another interesting article by the Academy of Management, Filipe Sobral concluded that, “making jokes in the workforce stimulates interns’ satisfaction which results negligent behavior at work and serves as an impetus for their acceptance of permanent employment later on.” Every employer wants their employees to be productive  to their company and be a long term asset to them. Therefore, by using humor eases tension between the employer and employees and results in a mutualistic relationship.  Although using humor has its own many benefits, humor may not be a good idea in some circumstances and therefore, will not be so beneficial for individuals. Humor generally is a good idea, but there are certain situations where seriousness is strictly required for leaders. For example, serious situations where jokes are not allowed may be those that involve professional actions within a business group such as assigning duty, handling serious news, or having a meeting with another ethnic group where jokes might be offending. Another reason it may not be appropriate is when everyone is being focused on their own work and does not want to hear any jokes because of the distraction it may cause.  In a article published in a British Journal of Management, Oliver Mallet and Robert Wapshott viewed humor as “an ambiguous medium of informality at work” and argue that “humour obscures but does not resolve disjunctive interests and it remains stubbornly ambiguous and resistant to attempts to functionalize it.” Making jokes in a workforce can be risky because inappropriate ones may make someone seem less proficient and lower in status. Therefore, a good leader should know limitations to using jokes and the side effects inappropriate humor may cause.  It is best that if the jokes are not appropriate, for individuals to keep them to themselves. From the above research, it is likely to conclude that making humor may exert both positive and negative influence on individuals and especially on their social status. By reading multiple articles and journals, I managed to figure out two major answers to my research question. First, that humor is especially effective in making an individual more successful as a leader when he or she is in charge of a social group. Second, there are certain limitations to leaders using their humor which are determined by the seriousness of the situation and the appropriateness of the jokes’ topics. By doing this research,  it helps future business leaders and current ones to be more effective and persuasive. On the other hand, this research can provide leaders with information on how their sense of humor may have an affect for their leadership effectiveness and keep them informed of the situations in which humor is not considered appropriate. A course of action as a society can be that potential business majors get trained on how humor can benefit their professional careers.  By doing this not only we can improve our future leaders,  but also can improve the work ethic of our workers. A little humor doesn’t hurt anybody, but instead can do wonders