No one wants to feel foolish. When dealing with other people – whether a supervisor, co-worker, employee, spouse, or child – we need to make it a priority to try our best not to make them feel like a fool. We will not freely listen or cooperate with someone who makes us feel poorly about ourselves. Our ego and pride will rarely allow it.
On the other side, don’t be so wrapped up in not looking foolish to others that you don’t take on change and risk, ask questions, or voice your opinions. There’s power in being the fool. When we embrace the role of the fool, we can explore, experiment and grow without damaging our ego. The jester was usually the wisest of the king’s council and rarely feared losing his head when he spoke his mind.