I used to think that being a leader was about becoming enough of an expert that you could be right most of the time, and then telling other people what to do. They’d do it because your ideas were “better” than theirs, right? Wrong. First of all, I don’t know how I’d ever deal with the pressure if I felt like the success of 25 people’s work depended on me giving each of them instructions that they would follow to the letter. Secondly, who wants to work for that kind of boss?
Online impro has normalised a new form of accessible impro that is great not just for me, but for people with a variety of access needs – such as those who require mobility aids, sound amplification or support workers, who may have faced obstacles engaging previously.
“I originally signed up to Impro Melbourne’s Spontaneity class to help me overcome aspects of my anxiety that I would describe as 'incredible shyness'”, says Sam. “The build up to the first class was terrifying but I held in there and ended up having a great time, in spite of my anxiety.”