Leaders Can Have Fun Too

Being Taken Seriously

Woot! Woot! It’s party time. Or is it? Is there ever a time for a leader to let down his guard and have fun with his team?

My answer is a resounding yes. Leaders can (and should) have fun.

Three men jumping off a snow-covered ground

Photo by Zachary Nelson

There’s multiple reasons why leaders should have fun. Some of the reasons are:

  • Having fun as a leader helps you connect with your team. Team members can struggle to feel connected to a leader who doesn’t show a fun side. They will see them as unapproachable and uptight. Break this idea and have some fun.
  • Having fun as a leader helps relieve your stress: Leading is stressful. There are deadlines, people to manage, and people to let go. This is draining on a leader. But, by stepping out of the seriousness bubble, a leader can recover from the trials of leadership.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Aladdin

A Reel Leadership Article

I can show you the world Shining, shimmering splendid Tell me, princess, now when did You last let your heart decide? These lyrics defined a generation much like “Do you want to build a snowman? Or ride our bike around the halls? I think some company is overdue I’ve started talking to The pictures on the walls!” from Frozen has defined the current generation for many young people.

I remember when the animated version of Aladdin was released in 1992. The animation was stunning. The story was engaging. And the music was top notch.

Aladdin, Jasmine, and Genie from live action Aladdin

There were few people who didn’t fall in love with Aladdin at this time. Now, it’s time for a whole new generation to fall in love with the Aladdin story in a whole new way.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Cold Pursuit

A Reel Leadership Article

Liam Neeson returns to the big screen as Nels Coxman in the movie Cold Pursuit. Cold Pursuit is based on the Norwegian film In Order Of Disappearance. In Cold Pursuit, Neeson’s Nels Coxman pursues the men he believes played a part in the death of his son, Kyle Coxman (Micheál Richardson).

One by one, the Nels dispatches the men responsible for Kyle’s death. He uses various methods to exact his revenge until he reaches the person who made the call, Trevor ‘Viking’ Calcote (Tom Bateman). This is when everything goes crazy.

Movie poster of Liam Neeson as Nels Coxman in Cold Pursuit

Liam Neeson in Cold Pursuit

Cold Pursuit looked like another sure-fire hit in Neeson’s catalog of movies. This film looked similar to the Taken movies or The Commuter. While similar to these movies, something is missing from Neeson’s latest film. I walked out of the theater feeling a bit let down. Talking to other filmgoers, they felt the same sense that something was missing.

What If Work-Life Balance Was Actually This?

Through my writing on work-life balance, I’ve come to ponder something about this sought-after concept. Balancing your work life and your personal life sounds amazing.

You have all the time you need to work. To play. To spend time with your family.

Could happiness be what work-life balance is all about?

But is this truly possible? Can we balance everything we want with everything we must do? And, if we can’t, is there something more than work-life balance?

I think I’ve come to a new conclusion. Work-life balance isn’t about having a perfect life. Instead, it’s more about doing the things you need to do.

This leads to something else. This leads to happiness.

Could Work-Life Balance Be Happiness?

Yes, you have to find a semblance of balance in your life. You can’t be all work and no play. You also can’t be all play and no work.

6 Ways To Become A More Positive Leader

No one like a Debbie Downer leader. By being negative, you’re bringing down everyone else. You don’t want this.

It’s not only bad for morale, it’s bad for you. You lose your authority. You lose respect. And you lose the right to hold people accountable when THEY complain (how dare they, right?!?).

That’s why we need to learn how to become more positive…

leaders need to be positive

6 Ways To Become More Positive

  1. Feed your positivity:

    Find ways to take in positive content. Whether that’s through great books, close relationships, or inspiring music.

    The more you’re seeking out positive inputs, the more positivity you’re going to exude.