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Shared Vision

What You Need To Know: Read about the key components of shared vision and some examples of how leaders cultivate shared vision, as well as the four-step change model.

Shared Vision

Read the following in 

The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization


· Chapter 10, “Shared Vision.” As you read, consider how this discipline establishes a focus on mutual purpose. Stakeholders with a common purpose can learn to nourish a sense of commitment to the organization by developing shared images of the future they seek to create and the principles and guiding practices by which they intend to get there.

Shared Vision:

Jorge chairs the district-wide vision/mission committee and wants to work with this committee to create more buy-in from school leaders around the goal of building a renewed mission for the school system. Given the diversity and independence of his key stakeholders, Jorge knows that he’ll need to devote careful reflection and planning to help develop this shared vision.

Leaders like Jorge recognize that cultivating a shared vision is a critical component of creating a healthy learning organization.

In this question you will draw on a professional example to describe how personal vision and shared vision work together.


This question focuses on the discipline of shared vision. In your organization, or an organization with which you are familiar, describe how personal vision and shared vision work together. Is there consistency between the personal vision among the stakeholders and the shared vision of the organization? Why or why not? To what extent is the organization characterized by commitment to shared vision versus compliance with shared vision? Why do you think these patterns exist within the organization?