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.

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

04 Apr 2022 – 07 Apr 2022

Live Online | Early Registration Price: US $2,900, Ends 31 Jan 2022


18 Mar 2022

Payment is due upon registration. Your space is secured upon receipt of full payment.

Awarded Upon completion

Certificate of completion


Andy Sikic
Associate Director, Programs Executive Education
Participant Attending Program Online

Learn More About the Program

Explore our carefully designed curriculum, and go deeper with select course descriptions or a sample schedule.

Learn more about our past participants, and find out if the program is right for you.

Faculty Leadership

S. Christian Wheeler
The StrataCom Professor of Management and Professor of Marketing
Benoît Monin
The Bowen H. and Janice Arthur McCoy Professor of Ethics, Psychology, and Leadership
Professor of Psychology, School of Humanities and Sciences

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