Sharing vision is not just agreeing with a good idea; it is a particular mental
image of what is important to an individual and to an organization. Staff must
not only be involved in the process of developing a shared vision but must be
challenged and expected to use that vision as a guidepost in making decisions
about teaching and learning in the school.
In a true learning community, the individual staff member is responsible for
his or her actions, but the common good is placed on a par with personal ambition.
The relationships between individuals are described as caring. Such caring is
supported by open communication, made possible by trust (Fawcett, 1996).7