A leadership mindset hack from the world of improvisational comedy

The problem is, this belief kills off the leadership in others.

A famous MIT study on collective intelligence found that high IQ had little to do with groups’ success. Two of the main things that did distinguish the highest performing teams in terms of creative problem solving were:

  • Roughly equal talking time for each member
  • Social sensitivity or empathy

Leadership is shifting from a designation to a quality that anyone can offer.

To solve big problems we need all kinds of minds. And hearts. And bodies. Del Close’s quote may have been about improv and how to be a good scene partner, but it’s just as relevant for how to be a good leader or colleague.



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Lisa Gill

Lisa Gill

Founder of Reimaginaire, trainer and coach with Tuff Leadership Training, host of Leadermorphosis podcast.