My name is Coryne Forest and I want to welcome you to my brand new blog. I’m very excited to share with you my thoughts and perspectives on leadership, relationships and how to remember Rule #6.
What is Rule #6, you might ask? In her book The Art of Possibility, Rosamund Stone Zander quite simply describes Rule #6 as “Don’t take yourself so !@# seriously!”
Leadership is such a tough topic. It’s huge; it’s serious. We have to deliver real outcomes for our organizations. We have to treat EVERY person (no matter how hard!) with respect. We have to motivate, inspire, and discipline. It’s easy to be overwhelmed. And it’s not just at work. We lead at home and in our communities, too. Leadership is not a subject inherently fraught with humor. But that’s why we need to keep our perspective and find the lighter side.
Humor is good for us as leaders. Kim Cameron’s book Positive Leadership talks about the Heliotropic Effect. The concept, borrowed from botany, refers to the tendency of certain plants to continually turn towards sunlight. “Like a plant that grows in the direction of the light source, individuals and groups strive to grow towards the positive image they hold” [D. Cooperrider, 1990: appreciativeinquiry.org]. Bottom line: people like to be around positive people. If you create positive energy at work, people will want to work with you, including your customers.
Humor is good for us as humans, too. It has well-documented benefits to our physical health, mental health and social well-being. The American Cancer Society even has a downloadable guide to Laughter Therapy. Talk about another topic not inherently humorous!
So whether you attained your leadership position through desire, or it was thrust upon you, join me and all the other smart, motivated women out there on this journey and we can discover how to be brilliant leaders together — while remembering to laugh once in a while.
By the way, for those who are reading this and won’t be able to sleep tonight, there are no Rules # 1-5.
Signing off with this: when people leave your presence, make sure they have an afterglow and not an aftertaste.