Improv Leadership:
How to Lead Well in Every Moment

It’s time to improvise.

Anyone who’s learned the basics of an instrument can follow a chord chart or play from sheet music. But great improvisers aren’t limited to the notes on the page; they draw on the theory and techniques they’ve practiced in the past to create something original in the present.

The same is true of great leaders. Anyone can read a few books and apply the lessons, but only the best leaders bring out the best in any person, in any situation. These improvisational leaders have mastered the key principles of coaching to build strong teams.

Praise for Improv Leadership

“In a world where ‘leadership’ could mean 1,000 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 of us.”

Carlos Whittaker, author of Moment Maker and Kill the Spider

Improv Leadership 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 good ‘read on the run’ or a deep soak–either way, the insights are great!”

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

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

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

Improv Leadership isn’t a book about you—it’s about your team! The practical and powerful leadership principles Stan and David 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,
co-founder of Stuff You Can Use

Improv Leadership deserves a permanent space on your bookshelf. Written by two leaders with proven character and experience, this book will help you lead well in every moment—expected and unexpected.”

Caleb Kaltenbach,
author of Messy Grace and director of The Messy Grace Group

“Having known Stan Endicott for many years, I 100% recommend Improv Leadership on multiple levels…[As] someone who has gained from Stan’s knowledge and implementation of these principles over the years I can say with complete confidence…they work.”

Crystal Lewis,
singer, songwriter, vocal coach, and mentor

“[Stan and David] have partnered together to take decades of experience in coaching and purified it down to the most potent competencies. What you will find in these pages isn’t so much about a precise science or a step-by-step process. It’s about a flow and posture… Improv Leadership is about releasing control and allowing something truly beautiful to be born. ”

Mike Foster,
best-selling author, speaker, and executive counselor

In Improv Leadership, Stan Endicott and David A. Miller introduce five leadership competencies:

Precision Praising

Crafting praise to inspire, motivate, and even course-correct your team

Improv leaders apply these five competencies to initiate powerful conversations, create memorable moments, and craft personal coaching strategies that help people grow and teams excel year after year.

In Improv Leadership, Stan Endicott and David A. Miller introduce five leadership competencies:

Story Mining

Uncovering a person’s story and letting it shape the way you lead them

Improv leaders apply these five competencies to initiate powerful conversations, create memorable moments, and craft personal coaching strategies that help people grow and teams excel year after year.

In Improv Leadership, Stan Endicott and David A. Miller introduce five leadership competencies:

Metaphor Cementing

Using concrete illustrations to “cement” an idea in someone’s mind

Improv leaders apply these five competencies to initiate powerful conversations, create memorable moments, and craft personal coaching strategies that help people grow and teams excel year after year.

In Improv Leadership, Stan Endicott and David A. Miller introduce five leadership competencies:

Lobbing Forward

Challenging people to look beyond today to what might be in the future

Improv leaders apply these five competencies to initiate powerful conversations, create memorable moments, and craft personal coaching strategies that help people grow and teams excel year after year.

In Improv Leadership, Stan Endicott and David A. Miller introduce five leadership competencies:

Going North

Using indirect influence to redirect a person’s perspective

Improv leaders apply these five competencies to initiate powerful conversations, create memorable moments, and craft personal coaching strategies that help people grow and teams excel year after year.

In Improv Leadership, Stan Endicott and David A. Miller introduce five leadership competencies:

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Improv leaders apply these five competencies to initiate powerful conversations, create memorable moments, and craft personal coaching strategies that help people grow and teams excel year after year.

About the Authors

Stan Endicott

is cofounder and chief cultural officer at Slingshot Group. Stan has coached hundreds of today’s young leaders. His career as a record producer gave him the experience to effectively lead people “in the moment.” Stan focuses on creativity and curiosity and leads people toward identifying the very lifework that they love.

David A. Miller

is vice president of coaching at Slingshot Group, where he helped develop the IMPROVleadership™ coaching strategy and serves as lead trainer. He has served as a pastor, speaker, teacher, and coach in diverse contexts, from thriving multisite churches to parachurch ministries.

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