Humor as a Strange Attractor in Organizations

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Leading and Managing People
Humor as a Strange Attractor in Organizations
Unit Leader:
Dr. A. G. Psychogios

Student:
Miroslav Curcic

Abstract

In this paper we examined the effects of humor on leadership success. It was found that there is relation between positive humor and good leadership. We researched some main leadership styles, styles of humor and functions of humor on the given case study. There we found that humor has to be positive in order to gain productivity of the employees. It was found that there is relation between human attractiveness and leadership quality. After a literature review we propose solution for the given case study in which we present a new way of dealing with people. It was suggested that managers have to have positive humor that will embrace creative behaviour which will gain competitive advantage. Coping with change can be much easier when managers use their humor more often.

Table of content

1. Introduction.................................................................................................4 2. Literature Review........................................................................................4 3. Case study

3.1 Brief presentation of the profile of the company...................................6 3.2 Detailed examination of the complexity issue under investigation....... 6 3.3 Analysis of the issue...............................................................................7 3.4 Solution...................................................................................................8 4. Conclusion....................................................................................................9 5. References...........................................................................................................11

Introduction

In this paper we will explore the topic of complexity and leadership in relation with humor as a strange attractor in organizations. This topic can be interesting because of the strangeness of humor that can affect people’s performance and overall leadership success. At the same time, negative humor can make negative working environment. Nevertheless, we will examine different approaches to leadership, humor, types of humor and make suggestions for the given case of how to use humor as a stimulator for creativity and better working atmosphere. We will examine how negative humor can make problems in communication and overall atmosphere in the company, and, therefore, can jeopardize market position of the company. The aim of this paper is to provide a solution to the given situation and by analysing the literature from this topic and the current situation presented. After the literature review we will discuss about possible solution for the given case study, which will be easy to implement and yet, not expensive. Nevertheless, according to literature presented, it will made effective change on overall company’s business.

Literature Review

Bejestani(2011) said that leadership is the power of persuading people to do what they do not want to do, or do what they are too lazy to do, and like it. Likewise, Mehmood et al (2011) explained that leadership can be defined as the ability to persuade others willingly to behave differently, and continued that where there is a poor leadership, employees may be reluctant to change as they view change as a threat rather than an opportunity to their career. We can see that there is a great importance of the leadership skills and that is inevitable for the team to have a strong leader to lead the employees towards company’s goals. Surprisingly to the matters of this topic there are self-organized teams that are functioning without a leader. In the comparison between ants and human self-organized teams Carl Anderson et al (2003) concluded that all self organized systems, an inherent order emerges without the need for...
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