Last night I saw Bill Cosby perform. He has been one of my favorite comedians because of his ability to comment on the “everyday” humor in life. He finds the funniest things in the daily interactions with our children, between husbands and wives and even interpretations of biblical scripture. If you have followed him through his career you may have seen or heard him perform his famous “Noah” bit where he carries on a conversation with God while building the Ark. Cosby expresses his humor respectfully but he doesn’t tip toe around touchy topics. And Cosby can get serious when he has a message to send.
Cosby believes that, “Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it.” I love this perspective. I also believe that humor in the face of difficulty is a real strength of leadership at any level. Leaders cannot avoid touchy topics. Leaders should not try to avoid the truth – like the current economy’s impact on our business. But leaders should express hope, and find humor in the everyday funny things of life and work. Sometimes that means not taking ourselves too seriously.
Is humor a strength that you can call upon?
Are you able to express humor in the face of adversity?