Many leaders are great at speaking about their vision to those they lead. We are often reminded that we should speak frequently about our vision to reinforce it.
When we broadcast vision…we simply rely on our words and hope our followers heard us.
If you continue to broadcast a vision that those you lead do not understand, cannot relate themselves to, and do not have the skills to achieve you create stress and frustration.
I would offer that leaders need to go beyond simply speaking their vision into teaching their vision to ensure there is learning of the vision.
When we teach vision…we turn vision into something to be learned, not simply something to be heard…and learning is transformational.
We need those we lead to do more than “hear” our vision. We need our followers to “learn” our vision.
According to Wikipedia…
Learning is the act of acquiring new, or modifying and reinforcing, existing knowledge, behaviors, skills, values, or preferences and may involve synthesizing different types of information…Progress over time tends to follow learning curves. Learning is not compulsory; it is contextual. It does not happen all at once, but builds upon and is shaped by what we already know. To that end, learning may be viewed as a process, rather than a collection of factual and procedural knowledge. Learning produces changes in the organism and the changes produced are relatively permanent.
Learning should be the goal…and learning requires teaching.
Teaching a vision makes it clear to those you lead that we “here” and to get to “there” we will all have to learn and grow together.
A learned vision is one in which it is clear to those we lead that learning, growth, development, and time are all part of the process of getting from “here” to “there.”
Teaching vision expects that the demand of vision will create learning and skills gaps that will need to be bridged.
A learned vision helps followers stretch themselves through repeated learning gaps.
Teaching vision taps into the background and prior knowledge of the follower which helps them frame it and contextualize it.
A learned vision allows those we lead to see how their skills, background, previous experiences, spiritual gifts, and abilities connect to the vision.
Teaching vision ensures our followers achieve comprehension and understanding.
A learned vision, comprehended properly, allows those we lead to seek alternatives methods, problem solve issues, and be creative in their approach.
Teaching vision includes modeling for our followers what needs to be done and ensures they have ability to do it.
A learned vision produces positive changes in those we lead which is essential since our vision is will be accomplished through them.
Teaching vision allows us to check for understanding, to ensure comprehension and ability is present, and to respond appropriately where understanding and skill are lacking.
A learned vision is one in which those we lead do not hamper the vision because they don’t believe they can do it.
A learned vision makes it clear where skills are lacking an in need of training. A learned vision makes it clear to the leader where understanding is lacking and needs clarity or reinforcement in those they lead.
Teaching vision enables our followers to move beyond understanding and skills into the ability to explain and share the vision with others.
A learned vision is a vision that those we lead can share and teach others.
Teaching a vision allows a leader to build on prior learning when the need arises for a new vision.
A learned vision enables those we follow to grow in their abilities, knowledge, understanding, and confidence which enables them to be be better able to learn a new vision when the time comes.
Casting a vision is simply broadcasting words. Teaching a vision ensures that the vision is learned, not just heard.
A heard vision might only require a fishing pole and a line.
A learned vision will require a net.