Submitted by williamelledgepe on
As a manager/leader, what is the appropriate use of self deprecation?
When is it effective? What is its purpose? Is it an effective way to keep expectations in check? To show humility? To create humor or lighten the mood?
Should it be used equally with skips, directs, peers, and bosses? Those you've known for a long time or recent acquaintances?
Can it be used equally in meetings, hallway conversations, and formal presentations?
It is a great technique for disarming conflict
I don't have the definitive answer by any means. My suggestion is to use it when there is otherwise going to be tension due to conflict of opinions.
It is worth using with directs, peers or superiors. Just the situations may vary.
The more you use it, the more people will find you easy to get on with. Of course, you don't use it when it is necessary to be directive, say when talking about safety or giving feedback.
Other than that, use it frequently if you can.