Although this may seem a strange subject on which to end this guide
to cultivating the Success Factor, having a good sense of humour is
arguably one of the most important traits you can possess. It will help
to create that all-important upbeat atmosphere for those around you,
helping you get the most from your people – in fact it will also act as
a people magnet. Additionally, it will improve your ability to connect
and engage with people, while helping to guard against arrogance
by being able to laugh at yourself. What’s more, it will increase your
popularity, and when the going gets really tough it can help have a
calming influence and help relieve the tension.
The key is to make sure that in your quest for your vision, you don’t
lose your sense of humour, as it is one of your key assets. If you’re
following your passion, you should enjoy the journey, no matter how
hard it sometimes gets. As soon as you lose your ability to laugh at
yourself or make light of a situation, you need to question whether
you have been pulled off course, and check that you’re still aiming to
achieve something you love.
When you work in an environment where a sense of humour over-arches
the culture, you will be far more likely to be creative, innovative and
productive. In controlled measures, a sense of humour can be an
extremely motivating force that gets the best out of individuals and
teams. Humour and laughter are the most undervalued and underrated
tools in society.
Of course, humour should be used tastefully and appropriately. But it is
certainly a great way to drive people to go the extra mile.