Think about the best leader you've ever worked with. Now, think about what it sounded like and felt like when that leader laughed.
I'm thinking that the best leader you can think of laughed often. Wouldn't you think that a great leader would be happy in their work? And wouldn't you think that happy leaders laugh a lot?
That was true about the best leaders that I've worked with -- they all had hearty and ready laughs. They took work seriously, of course -- AND were completely capable of laughing at themselves when they caught themselves taking things too seriously.
Laugh. And when you make a mistake, learn from it fast so that you can laugh at that, too. It'll be a good story someday, and a good laugh, too.
If you can't laugh at your own mistakes you're missing the best laughs.
-- Doug Smith