Kudos to Norma Kerling`13 and Michelle Conklin `14 who taught the importance of leadership congruence and the social change model to the students who are currently participating in Leadership Allegany. Students learned that leadership congruency requires a solid understanding of self, integrity, and commitment. To begin with, consider the following poem. Be careful of your thoughts for your thoughts become your word. Be careful of your words for your words become your actions. Be careful of your actions for your actions become your habits. Be careful of your habits for your habits become your character. Be careful of your character for your character becomes your destiny. -Unknown Author Leadership congruence is achieved when an individual's actions and behaviors are aligned with their personal beliefs and values. Through a variety of class exercises, including a values auction and group discussion, students examined and defined their individual values and beliefs. Michelle and Norma shared scenarios to further demonstrate congruency. What it is. What it is not. Maya Angelou and Gandhi were promoted as quintessential examples of congruent leaders. Do you have leadership congruency? Ask yourself the following questions. Are you a leader who walks the walk? Do you lead with integrity, honesty, and transparency? Do people know what to expect from you?