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Duncan Lyon and Olaf (Ole) Jorgenson are experienced leaders. Each guide independent schools in California and both know the importance humor can play when leading a team of educators.

“I start every faculty meeting with something humorous,” says Jorgenson. “Usually these meetings are at the end of the day and everybody is tried and not everyone likes meetings. For whatever the reason, starting with laughter just lightens everything.”

Lyon and Jorgenson know that most people would not argue with them, humor works in leadership. But they wanted to dive deeper into the topic of humor and laughter. So they surveyed other school leaders across California and asked them how humor helps build trust. They also found existing research supporting the impact humor can have.

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