Leading With an Improv Mindset

Stanford Graduate School of Business

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  • 4 days
  • online

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Stanford Graduate School of Business


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Who should attend

  • Business professionals who are taking on a new leadership role
  • Professionals facing increased demands to adapt to new environments
  • Individuals who wish to stretch their default response to social situations both in and outside of work settings

About the course

Develop and practice an improv mindset to strengthen your interpersonal toolkit so you can lead with agility, spontaneity, and creativity.

Agility. Spontaneity. Creativity. The most effective and dynamic leaders need all three. But learning how to respond to unscripted situations and unexpected business challenges is rarely part of your leadership training. Until now. Leading with an Improv Mindset will help you develop a broader leadership toolkit to sharpen your interpersonal skills and expand your behavioral repertoire.

This Stanford Intensive Live Online Business Program is highly focused and fast paced — delivered in eight sessions over four days. Leading with an Improv Mindset gives you the most essential curriculum and interactive exercises, curated from two of the most popular Stanford MBA electives. Taught by the same faculty, it’s a unique opportunity to experience the innovative leadership training for which Stanford GSB is known.

Leading with an Improv Mindset combines cutting-edge research in social psychology and improv techniques to help you find and flex your creative muscles and grow as a business leader. Through faculty-led lectures and hands-on interactive exercises, you’ll actively practice what you learn in a safe, non-judgemental environment. By developing an improv mindset, you’ll be more open to solving challenges in new ways, sharing your authentic self, and leading with both confidence and empathy.

Key Benefits

Develop an improv mindset to increase your creativity, flexibility, empathy, and effectiveness as a leader

  • Sharpen essential “soft skills” to become a more authentic, agile, and dynamic leader.
  • Learn how to read situations and make well-calibrated, appropriate responses for different audiences and circumstances.
  • Acquire proven techniques to inspire and connect with your teams as well as foster creative problem-solving.
  • Understand how to use, display, and vary your power and status so it’s most appropriate for the situation.


Feeling stuck in your leadership style? Struggling to connect with your team? Ready to flex your creative muscles?

It’s time to rethink your mindset. Leading with a more open, spontaneous, and agile approach can make all the difference — in how you meet challenges, respond to uncertainty, and inspire others.

Connecting ground-breaking social psychology research, behavioral science, and established improv techniques, Leading with an Improv Mindset will help you face challenges at work in a whole new way. The curated curriculum is drawn from two highly-popular Stanford MBA electives, and is taught by the same faculty. It’s academically rigorous, highly participatory, and fun (yes, fun!).

This is the ultimate in learning by doing. Working in small groups, you will actively participate in exercises that encourage role-playing and risk-taking.


Benoît Monin

Research Statement Using the methods of experimental social psychology, Professor Monin's research investigates the interplay between self-image and morality. He seeks to understand for instance when individuals behave unethically, and how they live with it; the consequences of high or low moral ...

Christian Wheeler

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