Recently, Mayor Charlie Dumas of Prentiss shared his experiences in municipal government with Mississippi Municipalities magazine, a publication of the Mississippi Municipal League. When asked to name the single most important piece of advice he would offer to anyone considering local political office he replied, “On a local level, particularly in a small town, we deal with conflict resolution on a regular basis. Be a good listener and do you best to treat everyone equitably.”
So, if you are into conflict avoidance you probably would not enjoy being mayor of a small town. On the other hand, if you enjoy solving problems and bringing people together then local political office may be right for you. By the way the most important part of conflict resolution is the ability to listen, with the intention of understanding why the person feels the way that they do.