Byron's Babbles

Different Strokes For Different Folks

I love the phrase “different strokes for different folks.” I’m such a believer and advocate for individualization, personalization, and differentiation for everyone. We work at this in education for all scholars, but we need to be diligent about doing this for those adults we serve as well. Here we are in the ninth week of the year and in Simple Truth #9, “Effective Servant Leaders Realize They Have To Use Different Strokes For Different Folks”, in Simple Truths of Leadership: 52 Ways To Be A Servant Leader and Build Trust, Making Common Sense Common Practice by Ken Blanchard and Randy Conley we are told that the best leaders use different strokes (leadership styles) for different folks. To be flexible and differentiate for those we serve we must, “Determine whether they are generally an Enthusiastic Beginner; a Disillusioned Learner; a Capable, but Cautious, Contributor; or a Self-Reliant Achiever” (p. 29). I’m going to make you read this great book to get all the details.

Furthermore, I believe this flexibility is part of loving those we serve. When we really take the time to understand and build relationships with others, whether our students or those we work with, we can help to individualize and differentiate for what styles and support will enable them to thrive.


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