It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.

It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop. – Confucius
As educators, we are committed to differentiation of instruction for our students. As leaders, we must also differentiate the speed of change for those within our organization. Change is often uncomfortable. The level of discomfort is different for each individual in the organization.  
There are some people who always seem willing to be “Trail Blazers” – these people are always willing to try new methods without fear of failure. Others are more cautious – the “Joggers” in any organization are willing to change but want to see evidence that there is value in their efforts. Then we have our “Walkers” – these people are confident in their current strategies and more reluctant to change something that is seemingly working.
It is important for the organization to value – and tap into – the skills of all three groups. The Trail Blazers learn lessons from failures without loss of enthusiasm . . . these individuals overcome obstacles and keep on moving. The Joggers maintain balance – these individuals are the bridge from the current to the future. Our walkers provide stability during change; these people sometimes need a push, but we need to keep moving forward.
Differentiate your leadership style to maximize the skills, talent, and values of those within the organization. Leadership is up to you . . . value and empower those on the team.

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