Mangala P Gandhi
Area Manager, Human Resources, United States Postal Service
What You’d Be Surprised to Know about Me
I played adult co-ed soccer.
My Greatest Strength
I consider my greatest strength to be my ability to coach employees to look beyond their current jobs. This benefits the organization, as sharing a broader perspective enables employees to contribute to the success of the whole organization.
Who Inspires Me
My parents inspired and motivated me when they told me never to limit myself in work or in life.
The Model Minority Myth
The “model minority” belief has generally helped the Asian/Pacific-American community, as we are viewed as hardworking intellectuals, with strong community and family support systems. I cannot say whether this stereotype has impacted me over time.
Our Most Critical Issue
There appears to be some complacency among the next generation, as they do not have to face the same challenges faced by prior generations. And it appears they may, at times, take some successes for granted.
Lessons I’ve Learned
The most important lesson I have learned is that resilience is the key to achievement. If you are unsuccessful at something, pick up, brush off, and start again and again until you succeed.
My Best Career Advice
My advice is to
- work hard in your current job;
- aim high;
- develop an action plan; and most importantly,
- build networks and relationships within and outside the organization.
My Favorite Quote
“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” – Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi (1920)