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Humor and Leadership

November 4th, 2007 · No Comments

Check out this perspective on leadership from the former four-star General and US President, Dwight David Eisenhower:
 “A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done”

To develop your leadership, develop your sense of humor. See Enhance Your Sense of Humor from Reader’s Digest for some good suggestions.

The following are some more good quote on humor from ThinkExist.com.

“Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.”
-William James (American Philosopher and Psychologist, leader of the philosophical movement of Pragmatism, 1842-1910)

“A sense of humor… is needed armor. Joy in one’s heart and some laughter on one’s lips is a sign that the person down deep has a pretty good grasp of life.”
-Hugh Sidey

“It is the ability to take a joke, not make one, that proves you have a sense of humor.”
-Max Eastman (American Author, Journalist and Writer, 1883-1969)

“I think the next best thing to solving a problem is finding some humor in it.”
-Frank A. Clark

“Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is”
-Francis Bacon, Sr. (English Lawyer and Philosopher. 1561-1626)

“It’s lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself.”
-Muhammad Ali (American Boxer and Activist, b.1942)

“I think being funny is not anyone’s first choice.”
-Woody Allen (American Actor, Author, Screenwriter and Film Director, b.1935)

“A keen sense of humor helps us to overlook the unbecoming, understand the unconventional, tolerated the unpleasant, overcome the unexpected, and outlast the unbearable”
-Billy Graham (American evangelist, b.1918)

“The most valuable sense of humor is the kind that enables a person to see instantly what it isn’t safe to laugh at”
-Unknown

“Keep your sense of humor. As General Joe Stillwell said, “The higher a monkey climbs, the more you see of his behind.””
-Donald Rumsfeld (American Secretary of Defense)

“No mind is thoroughly well organized that is deficient in a sense of humor.”
-Samuel Taylor Coleridge (English lyrical Poet, Critic and Philosopher. 1772-1834)

“I have a fine sense of the ridiculous, but no sense of humor.”
-Edward Albee (American playwright b.1928)

“A sense of humor always withers in the presence of the messianic delusion, like justice and truth in front of patriotic passion”
-Henry Louis Mencken (American humorous Journalist and Critic of American life who influenced US fiction through the 1920s, 1880-1956)

“What restrains us from killing is partly fear of punishment, partly moral scruple, and partly what may be described as a sense of humor”
-Henry Louis Mencken (American humorous Journalist and Critic of American life who influenced US fiction through the 1920s, 1880-1956)

“My favorite review described me as the cinematic equivalent of junk mail.”
-santiz Steve Buscemi (American Actor, b.1957)

“A taste for irony has kept more hearts from breaking than a sense of humor for it takes irony to appreciate the joke which is on oneself”
-Jessamyn West (American Writer, 1902-1984)

“Whatever else an American believes or disbelieves about himself, he is absolutely sure he has a sense of humor”
-E. B. White (American writer 1899-1985)

“Nothing in man is more serious than his sense of humor; it is the sign that he wants all the truth.”
-Mark van Doren (American Writer and Educator, 1894-1972)

“I think we’re losing our sense of humor instead of being able to relax and laugh at ourselves. I don’t care whether it’s ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, or whose ox is being gored.”
-Betty White

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