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The influence of a leader’s humour on team performance

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Keywords: leadership, leader, leader humour, transformational leadership, relationships, team performance

Humour is an essential human attribute that has been found in previous studies to be a factor in perceptions of leadership and relationship effectiveness. Humour often makes working environments significantly more enjoyable and productive. Additionally, humour reduces stress, can enhance communication, motivate and help to create effective performance in organisations. Humour, however, is not a one-way positive attribute. It can also be inappropriate, cause barriers and damage relationships.

The research

A new study published in the Journal of Leadership and Organisational Studies set out to find out:

1. How a leader’s humour influences their subordinates’ perceptions of that leader’s leadership.
2. How does the relationship between a leader and their team members influence the effect of the leader’s humour on team performance.
The researchers looked at 244 leaders and 815 followers to see what impact the leader’s humour has on their followers’ perceptions of the leadership.

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