“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 in hindering people 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 what some writers have called 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 also learn from followers, since neither group has a lock on all the answers on how to do business.
LEADERSHIP STEP: Your Step today is to ensure that you are part of a learning or teaching organization. First, make sure your staff get 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. Third, debrief all business activities to identify the good and not-so-good. Fourth, set aside in-house days for training and vision casting.