Improv Leadership: How to Lead Well in Every Moment
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Improv Leadership: How to Lead Well in Every Moment

Zondervan / 2020 / Hardcover

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There's no script for effective leadership. But you don't need one.

Like great musicians, great leaders first learn the basics of the craft and after mastering the theory and techniques they then improvise. The best leaders can bring out the best in any person, in any situation. These improvisational leaders understand the key principles of connecting, coaching, and communicating and use these ideas to build strong teams.

In Improv Leadership, Stan L. Endicott and David A. Miller share five leadership competencies: Story Mining, Precision Praising, Metaphor Cementing, Lobbing Forward, and Going North. Improv Leadership cultivates teams of people who love their work (and each other), who perform at a high level, and who stop the disruptive carousel of staff turnover.

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Title: Improv Leadership: How to Lead Well in Every Moment
By: Stan Endicott, David Miller
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2020
Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 (inches)
Weight: 12 ounces
ISBN: 0310112958
ISBN-13: 9780310112952
Stock No: WW0112952

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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.

Author Bio


Stan Endicott is the vice president and lead coach at Slingshot Group, a staffing and coaching firm for the local church. Stan has coached hundreds of today’s young leaders, produced several major worship albums, and directed teams for several internationally-known ministries including Samaritan’s Purse and Saddleback Church.


David A. Miller is the vice president of Slingshot Group Coaching where he serves as lead trainer utilizing the IMPROVleadership coaching strategy with ministry leaders around the country. He has served as a pastor, speaker, teacher, and coach in diverse contexts, from thriving, multi-site churches to parachurch ministries.

Editorial Reviews

'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.' -- Brad Lomenick, founder of BLINC, author of H3 Leadership and The Catalyst Leader

'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.' -- Nancy Beach, leadership coach, author, and speaker

'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!' -- Dan Reiland, executive pastor at 12Stone Church, author of Confident Leader!

'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.' -- Carlos Whittaker, author of Moment Maker and Kill the Spider

'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.' -- Elle Campbell, cofounder of Stuff You Can Use

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