Leadership is an awesome responsibility, a humbling privilege, a complicated challenge, an exhilarating endeavor, and a noble calling. No genuine leader embraces the task flippantly. Rather, he or she is deeply cognizant of all that goes with the task both today and in the relentless ripples of all future consequences.
For all the above reasons, leadership is taken very seriously, as it should be. Nevertheless, one of the best contributions a leader can make to the team is to make things fun. Gary Kelly (president and CEO of Southwest Airlines) articulates this essential life and leadership lesson in just two short words (“How Did I Get Here?: Gary Kelly” Bloomberg Businessweek, 4/6/15–4/12/15, p. 68):
Yes, the tasks are tough, the schedules are crazy, and the pressures are many. As a leader, you know that. Isn’t that all the more reason to have fun? The life and the leadership you save may be your own.