Congruence and the Social Change Model

Submitted by Leadership Allegany on Tue, 12/18/2012 - 08:32
Congruence and the Social Change Model

On July 19, 2012, Odeney Carty spoke about Congruence to the students of Leadership Allegany at their monthly Curriculum Session. Carty, a 2011 graduate of Leadership Allegany, serves as the Associate Director of the Allegany Business Center, owner of rTechCustom Web Design, and holds a master’s degree in Leadership. Carty explained that congruence is when a person’s feelings, thoughts, and views guide both inside and outside worlds into harmony. He spoke about how to deal with an imbalance in yourself or others in the workplace. Carty explained the key concepts of congruence. An effective leader cannot be out of sync with his or her own personality. They also must lead and act like themselves versus being one way at home and one way in the workplace or acting like someone or something else. To be a congruent person they must be an honest and genuine person. Also, to be congruent, a person needs to be transparent, meaning that an individual cannot have hidden agendas and shouldn’t hide things from people. Carty also warned the students to be careful of their thoughts. He challenged the group to find three ways to be the change in their community. Later, Carty asked the class to participate in a Values Auction for an activity. Each person was given a piece of paper with a list of things that would be up for auction and a $6,000 limit. On this paper were things that could benefit each student themselves, or things that could benefit the world. Some of these things included an end to world hunger, a cure for AIDS, a wardrobe full of new clothes, or to be famous. The students truly enjoyed the session. Congruence is one of the seven values found in the Social Change Model for Leadership Development – the basis for the curriculum sessions of Leadership Allegany.

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