Senge's Shared Vision: Definition & Explanation

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Instructor: Shawn Grimsley

Shawn has a masters of public administration, JD, and a BA in political science.

Having shared values is an important component of a learning organization. In this lesson, you will learn the definition of shared values and some of its important concepts. After the lesson, you will be given an opportunity to reinforce your knowledge with a brief quiz.

Why Is Shared Vision Important?

Shared vision is one of the five disciplines identified by Peter Senge as necessary to create a learning organization. A learning organization encourages and facilitates learning throughout all levels of an organization in order to enable it to adapt and transform itself to function effectively in a complex and dynamic world.


Peter Senge is the author of The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization, published in 1990. His work and book has popularized the concept of a learning organization. He is a senior lecturer at MIT's Sloan School of Management.

What Is a Shared Vision?

So what, specifically, is a shared vision? A shared vision is what you and the other members want to create or accomplish as part of the organization. A shared vision is not imposed by one or a few people as an organizational mandate. Rather, it is derived from the members of the organization, creating common interests and a sense of shared purpose for all organizational activities.

Key Concepts

According to Senge, a shared vision is essential to building a successful learning organization. A shared vision gives employees energy and focus. Senge believes that you learn best when you seek to accomplish things that matter to you. If you become a stakeholder in the shared vision, then you will work hard to accomplish it.

Senge also believes that striving to accomplish a shared vision will encourage you to take risks, experiment and become committed to a long-term view of the organization and its environment. All of these factors empower an organization to learn and transform itself as necessary to accomplish the organization's shared vision.

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