“Woe to you experts in the law, because you have taken away the key to knowledge. You yourselves have not entered, and you have hindered those who were entering" - Luke 11:52.
Jesus condemned the leaders of Israel because of their role that prevented people from gaining knowledge of the truth. Not only did they hinder others from knowing, but they refused to find the knowledge for themselves. This indicates that leaders and followers should be on a learning journey together, forming a special relationship that some writers have labeled a learning or teaching organization. Those organizations are always sharing information throughout every level, constantly studying what they have learned from past experiences so they can do a better and more effective job to accomplish their mission. In a learning organization, followers learn from leaders and leaders learn from followers, since neither group has a lock on all the answers on how to run business or ministry.
LEADERSHIP STEP: Your Step today is to ensure that you are part of a learning or teaching organization. First, make sure your staff meetings are times when everyone shares information and insight, not just the leaders. Second, do what you can to encourage everyone to get more training through outside workshops and seminars—and then share what they have learned. Third, debrief all business activities to identify the good and not-so-good. Fourth, set aside in-house days for training and vision casting.