Date of Award

Spring 6-6-2018

Document Type

Honors Project

University Scholars Director

Dr. Christine Chaney

First Advisor/Committee Member

Dr. Ruth Ediger

Second Advisor/Committee Member

Mark Oppenlander


humor, female, leadership, workplace, female leadership, professionalism


This research investigates the relationship between humor, gender, and leadership effectiveness. To explore the relationship between these factors, I asked individuals what they thought about the relationship between humor and their experiences with female leaders. For this research, female is defined as a person who identifies as a woman. Humor is defined as the act of making jokes to elicit a response. My research focuses on the relationship between humor and female leadership as measured by individuals’ attitudes. The results show that some people believe there is a correlation between humor and female leadership, but does not prove conclusively that there is a correlation between the two factors. This preliminary research uses the variable of people’s attitudes towards this relationship, instead of measuring the correlation between variables of humor and female leadership.


A project submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the University Scholars Program.