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):

Have fun.

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.

About James Meadows

Currently I serve as a training team manager for Johnson Controls at a customer-care center in Kansas City. Additionally, I am a business consultant, a freelance corporate writer, an Assembly of God ordained minister, a Civil Air Patrol chaplain, and a blogger. I believe we are living in the most fascinating times of human history. To maximize the opportunities these times present, I have a passionate interest in leadership development and organizational success, both of which I view as inextricably linked.

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