Improv Leadership

How to Lead Well in Every Moment

by Stan Endicott, David Miller, Cory Hartman, Mike Foster

On Sale: 2020-06-09

Book Summary

Improv Leadership identifies five core competencies every leader can practice to build trust, encourage risk-taking, promote creativity, and create an environment in which people truly love their work. Endicott and Miller offer a toolbox of skills that can help every person motivate teams to greater commitment, more passion, and better performance.

About the Book

You already know that there's no script for effective leadership...

That's why Improv Leadership reveals five skills that will help you unleash your own leadership potential on every unexpected challenge and status quo.

Anyone can read books and apply lessons, but only the best can develop what they know to bring out the best in any person or circumstance. These natural leaders understand the key principles of connecting, coaching, and communicating and use these ideas to build strong teams.

In Improv Leadership, Stan Endicott and David Miller share five leadership competencies that all great, improvisational leaders have:

  • Story Mining--how to uncover a person's story and let it shape the way you lead them
  • Precision Praising--how to craft praise to inspire, motivate, and even course-correct your team
  • Metaphor Cementing--how to create concrete illustrations to "cement" an idea in someone's mind
  • Lobbing Forward--how to challenge people to look beyond today to what might be in the future
  • Going North--how to use indirect influence to redirect a person's perspective

IMPROV leaders apply these five competencies to initiate powerful conversations, create memorable moments with forward momentum, and craft personal coaching strategies that help people, and teams, grow.

The five competencies of IMPROV Leadership are not rigid steps to follow. They are fluid and can be applied to any industry of field. You can't predict every challenge you'll face. There's no playbook that covers every decision. But you can cultivate teams of people who love their work (and each other) and who perform at a high level. And you can lead well in any situation.


'Improv Leadership isn't a book about you--it's about your team! The practical and powerful leadership principles David and Stan share in these pages will teach you how to bring out the best in your team and empower them to do their best work.'

'IMPROVleadership will take you beyond the basics and help you develop the artful nuances of leadership. Stan Endicott and David Miller take a creative but accessible approach to improve how you connect with, coach, and help people grow. This book will serve you as either a 'read on the run' or a deep soak--either way, the insights are great!'

'In a world where leadership could mean a thousand different things, Stan and David have written a leadership book that finally delivers us to the ethos of the word and then gives us clear and practical ways to let the word develop inside us.'

'Stan has finally captured the magic of his madness in this practical book that outlines the simple but powerful ways to influence people. Whether you're a pastor, nonprofit leader, or corporate C-suite executive, Stan and David's IMPROVleadership approach will change the way you lead your teams.'

'With a front-row seat to the leadership and coaching expertise of both Stan Endicott and David Miller, I could not be more delighted with this practical and inspirational tool kit capturing their wisdom. If we hope to develop leaders who flourish, we must be intentional. IMPROVleadership is not just some hypothetical formula. These are proven skills that I regularly employ in my own coaching.'

Product Details

  • Imprint: Zondervan
  • On Sale: 2020-06-09
  • Pages: 192
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication Date: 2020-06-09
  • Trim Size: 147.000mm x 220.000mm x 20.000mm
  • Weight: 339.000gr
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