Area 2 Representative
Natalie Davis

True Leaders
     I would like to thank Area 2 for allowing me the opportunity to represent them once again. It is indeed an honor and a privilege to be an officer for the North Carolina State Association of Letter Carriers. As a representative of the NC State Association, branch leader and in all aspects of my life, I strive to set the example for what I think a leader should be.
     I would like to share with you an article written by Amy Rees Anderson a contributor for Forbes Magazine. I have found this article to be tremendously inspirational and my hope is that it will help to inspire you also:
     "Every one of us is a leader in our own right. Whether we lead an entire company, or a team of people, or a group of friends, or our families, or just ourselves…we are leaders in some form or fashion. Whatever size our circle if influence may be today, if we work to improve as leaders, that circle of influence will enlarge.
     "True leaders know who they are and what they stand for. They know their values and the rules they will abide by, regardless of the circumstances they face. They allow their people to understand the values they are committed to uphold, which lays a foundation for the rules their people will be expected to adhere to. True leaders both know and communicate their values openly with the people
they lead, creating an atmosphere of certainty and trust.
     "True leaders have integrity. Integrity is the very core of their influence. Living the values, they profess to believe is what gives them credibility and allows others to place their trust in them. True leaders can say, “do as I do” rather than just “do as I say,” because they lead by example.
     "True leaders work right alongside the people they lead to get to know and care about the people they are leading.  Working with people allows leaders to lift and inspire their team.
     "True leaders listen without being condescending. They are willing to hear what others say without rushing to judgement. They are patient and genuine in their desire to understand the thoughts and feelings of the people they lead. 
     "True leaders are forthright with their people. They communicate openly and often. True leaders take the time to communicate often to their team to show that their team is valued and important to them. They understand that as the leader they have an obligation to communicate directly with their people so they never allow a void that someone with mal-intent can fill. True leaders take on the responsibility of communicating for themselves.     

     "True leaders reprimand their people from a place of love and a genuine desire to help them improve. They reprimand without anger, and they relay feedback in a direct, yet kind and respectful way. Even when they see a bad behavior needing to be corrected, they don’t view the person doing the behavior as a bad person. They listen and attempt to understand what led to that person making the mistake or exhibiting the bad behavior to understand the underlying cause that needs correcting.
     "True leaders understand that when a person feels valued and cared for by their leader, they will be far more willing to take the feedback and implement the needed changes. They understand that no value comes from the use of sarcasm, beating around the bush or sugar coating things that need to be communicated.
     "They understand that using those things breaks people’s trust and leaves them feeling uncertain or belittled, which ultimately lead to harboring bad feelings toward their leader, none of which inspire a desire to change or improve their own behavior.


   "True leaders don’t control their people, they inspire them to do great things. They give them the values and rules, which set the boundaries to operate within. Then they encourage people to go out and make choices on their own. True leaders understand that employees cannot grow and progress until they are given the freedom to make choices, to try things, and yes, even to make a few mistakes so they can learn from those and improve.

     "True leaders delegate. They give important and specific tasks to their people that will allow their people to learn and grow in their positions. Often time it would be far easier for the leader to simply do the task them self. They could get it done more quickly, effectively, and exactly to their liking. However, true leaders understand that doing so allows no growth for the people they are leading, and therefore they see their greatest role as a delegator and a teacher to the people they lead.

     "True leaders are not afraid to make demands of the people they lead. True leaders understand that it is a mistake to be too soft, just as it is a mistake to be too harsh. They have the courage to direct people in the work that needs to get accomplished, expressing their belief in the people’s abilities, delegating duties, and teaching and correcting their people along the way. They help people grow by making reasonable demands. They recognize the possibilities of what their team can accomplish and they motivate each person to recognize their potential.

     "True leaders use their time wisely. That doesn’t mean they can’t take time for leisure and fun, it simply means they do their best not to waste the time they have. They are selfless and they work tirelessly to help make their team a success. True leaders hold themselves and their people accountable. They hold themselves to a high standard so they can hold their people to a high standard as well.

     "True leaders keep things in perspective. They don’t rush into making short term decisions that will benefit their organization today only to cause even greater problems in the future. They try to take all the facts into account, keeping a long-term view in their approach, knowing this will be to the benefit of the organization and the people both now and in the future.

     "True leaders understand that leadership is not about them but about those they serve. It is not about exalting themselves but about lifting others up.
     "We have some room to improve as leaders, but our goal should be the same: To be leaders who are admired and respected by the people we lead as we motivate and inspire those people to achieve their potential."

Area 2 Representative
Natalie Davis

Stay Involved    

     It has been an honor and a privilege to have served as your Area Two Representative. I have visited several offices in my Area and have assisted those offices in any capacity that has been requested of me. During my term as Area Two Representative, I have attended all State training sessions, the Regional Rap Session and National Convention.

     In a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. we are reminded of the following:

      “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy”.

     I want to again thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve on the North Carolina State Association Executive Board. These last two years have been fulfilling, and have given me the opportunity to gain valuable experience. Be kind to yourselves and others and continue to stay involved in union activities.

We need to continue to encourage our members to contribute to the Letter Carriers Political Fund, sign up for e-activist and make calls to our Congressional Representatives. It is essential that we all stay involved and united in areas associated with the Postal Service and the National Association of Letter Carriers. Continue to educate City Carrier Assistants and encourage them to become active in leadership roles of the Union such as Shop Stewards, MDA Coordinators etc.

     I leave you with a statement written by Barack Obama in his departing Thank You letter to the American people which reads:

       “When the arc of progress seems slow, remember: America is not the project of any one person. The single most powerful word in our democracy is the word “We”. We the People. We shall overcome. Yes We can."