ERIC Number: ED369107
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-May
Reference Count: N/A
Strategic Humor in Leadership: Practical Suggestions for Appropriate Use.
Crawford, C. B.
Humor, a communicative tactic used to engender support, is often used, but rarely understood. The literature in the field of humor has attempted to define situations where humor could be beneficial, although few definitive answers exist relating humor to effective leadership communicative behavior. This paper presents current research findings about the symbolic nature of leadership as enacted through humor. The paper first details the important symbolic realm that leaders work within. Next, the paper discusses some of the relevant literature dealing with humor, noting that humor is a trainable skill that can be used to create a positive workplace environment. Specifically, the paper defines humor and elaborates the purposes of humor. The paper also reviews contemporary leadership literature dealing with humor. Finally, the paper evaluates the appropriateness of each form of humor and discusses 14 specific guidelines for effective humor. Contains 45 references as well as 3 figures illustrating various aspects of strategic humor in leadership. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Communication Behavior; Communication Strategies
Note: Paper presented at the Kansas Leadership Forum (Salina, KS, May 1994).