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Weekly Leader Podcast Episode 4 (Seth Goldman, CoFounder + TEO, Honest Tea)


Humor and Leadership

A look at humor and leadership through President Obama’s Stand Up Routine at the 2009 White House Correspondents’ Dinner as well as Why Humor is Important in Leadership.


  1. Stress reliever
  2. Fresh perspective
  3. Humanizes


  1. Everyone does not share the same sense of humor. Be very sensitive to this.
  2. Humor which is too “inside” can have the opposite effect than intended.
  3. Humor that is too biting or personal should be avoided.

Questions via Twitter

  • @StarFeuri – Often times “leaders” confuse this with making the people around them the butt of jokes. How to make sure your humor avoids this distinction?  What to do when your “leader” has not?
  • @mvittone (off Twitter) – Can humor at work sometimes be mistaken for a lack of seriousness. I find that my light-hearted attitude matters that are very serious to others sometimes puts off the impression that I dont care. Can serious and humor reside in the same issue?

Weekly Leader Interview

This week’s Weekly Leader is Seth Goldman, President & TEO of Honest Tea

Weekly Leader Team:

Pam Fox Rollin (twitter @PamFR)

Mario Vittone (@mvittone)

Peter A. Mello (@petermello)

Colin Ude-Lewis (@colinudelewis)

Music from the Podsafe Music Network

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About the author

Peter A. Mello, Founder/Editor Founder of Weekly Leader and Sea-Fever Consulting, LLC, a leadership development and strategic communications consultancy. Previously, CEO of an international nonprofit organization and COO of a national insurance/risk management services firm. Peter has been leading people and managing organizations for over 30 years, writes a leadership column for MarineNews magazine and blogs about maritime culture at Sea-Fever. Follow him on Twitter.

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