Friday, January 23, 2015

A Witty Mind

An effective leader with a witty mind can create positive energy to lighten up the surrounding.

Being today’s digital leader is a tough challenge; some say, because the world becomes more open and transparent, people also turn to be more “picky.” On one hand, a good leader always needs to be authentic, unique and “imperfect” (nobody is perfect though); on the other hand, how shall you handle “subconscious” judgment, stereotypical thinking or over-analyzing cognition. Besides leadership substance, what’s your natural style of leadership? Are you witty, humorous, loud or flashy? And how to shape such a “witty mind”?

Be wit, not mockery; be humorous, not sarcastic: Dictionaries defined the humor as "a comic, absurd, or incongruous quality causing amusement, an instance of being or attempting to be comical or amusing; something humorous." Dictionary definition of "sarcasm" is "a sharp and often satirical or ironic utterance or cutting expression or remark.” Witty is “amusingly or ingeniously clever in conception or expression.” Mockery is “teasing and contemptuous language or behavior directed at a particular person or thing.”

A Witting mind generates positive energy. Wit is "intelligent" humor: Humor makes everyone around feel good and enhanced..generates laughter..and, therefore, positive energy. There are some overlapping elements and certain things that set the two apart. Wit involves a very quick and clever mental sharpness; being able to see a situation in a unique way and instinctively being able to respond with a relevant comment or comeback. Sometimes, the wit can be funny, other times, just clever. Humor always involves amusement outwardly manifested by a smile, chuckle or laughter. There are different types of humor, including the type involving cleverness.

Leaders in how to practice their leadership effectiveness reflect their “taste”: It reflects their positive & negative attitude through their personal styles..the kind of humor they bring out at workplace is like breeze, light, and natural. Good leaders utilize their clean humor & spread positive energy, through communications, to lighten the situations; it’s really a very good asset for them…

Wit in good taste brings humor and is a welcome one. Humor in good taste is a booster of morale. Wit is used to help a person you like to avoid embarrassment by making a molehill out of a mountain of a mistake. Humor, when it hurts, becomes sarcasm. Wit when it belittles somebody is a mockery. It means a witty mind is intelligent, and comedy requires a lot of wisdom and intelligence. It is a lot more difficult than making emotional stories.

Wit is an ornament of mind designed and molded by self-awareness & intuition. Humor and sarcasm are two components, that help human beings grow up. Ability to be humorous is indeed great. Ability to handle the sarcasm is even greater. Wit has often helped one handle sarcasm and mockery effectively.

Wit is the presence of mind...It is all about timing. "Wit" is essential "the capacity for inventive thought and quick understanding; keen intelligence." It does not relate to humor only. Any expression indicative of quick thinking and deep understanding is an instance of the wit. You can't be witty or humorous without having a good sense of humor, and those who have a good sense of humor know well that they need not appear humorous all the time.

No matter which leadership style do you have, either being witty or humorous; being inspirational or aspirational, the effective leadership shall create positive energy to influence surrounding. Take leadership seriously, but also delightful.


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