In college I was involved with an improve team and was a actor in student productions. Several years ago I had the opportunity to participate in a The Second City improv workshop and it was great. So, this article about how improv can improve your leadership and managerial skills didn’t come as a surprise.
The article shares:
Improv classes can also help make participants feel more comfortable and confident. “They are sneaky presentation classes,” said Laviolette. “It’s about being able to move ideas forward in a pressurized setting.”Lisa DeAngelis, the director of the Center for Collaborative Leadership at University of Massachusetts, runs a leadership program that includes improv training as part of the curriculum.“So much about leadership isn’t about the answer, but asking the right questions,” she said. “[The improv] session really gets folks comfortable with not having all the answers and being able to think on the fly and also stop and start listening to better understand.”
- increase communication between teams
- enhance collaboration
- improve listening skills
- make brainstorming sessions more productive