Humor is an under-appreciated tool for engaging employees and building resilient cultures. Many leaders have to work at it.
Leaders with humor can build stronger cultures, unleash more creativity, and even negotiate better deals. Research also shows cultures that incorporate humor are more resilient.
Humor is also helpful in times of stress because it releases oxytocin, which facilitates social bonding and increases trust.
In fact, humor is among a leader's most effective tools. Use it well, and employees will both respect and like you more.