SIMPLE STEPS, REQUIREMENTS & QUALITIES TO BECOME A MAYOR
In this article we will be considering simple steps requirements & qualities to become a mayor
- Who is a Mayor? In many countries, a mayor is the highest-ranking official in a municipal government such as that of a city or a town.
- A Mayor is the head of the Municipal Corporation. He is elected by the members of the Municipal Corporation. He is known as the first citizen of the city
- In addition the Mayor may fulfill the roles of chief executive officer, ceremonial figurehead, and local agent of the central government
QUALITIES OF MAYOR
Leadership Means listening carefully to others with a desire to understand concerns, ideas, and perspectives.
A good mayor should only promise what he or she can control.
- Management Skills
Management is the ability to move others from Point A to Point B.
- Good Communication Skills
A mayor should have good communication skills, especially the ability to listen.
- Will to Make Tough Decisions
Some politicians will not address issues that they know will make them unpopular. This should not be the case with a good mayor.
- The ability to inspire others.
A good mayor inspires others. People want to get involved and be a part of the effort.
- The ability to delegate.
Good mayors provide direction and hire capable managers to implement the plan.
- Relationship Builder
A good Mayor should be able to keep decent and cordial relationships with his subordinates.
- A Team Player
A good Mayor should be able to work hand in hand with other people for the good of his town.
- Critical Thinker
Today’s problems often come from yesterday’s solutions. Elected officials should consider how to best limit shifting a problem into the future by maintaining a long-term perspective and considering the potential impact of decisions.
Never underestimate the mental preparation required to make decisions about the long-term sustainability of a community.
- Financial Acumen
We can’t afford to have a governing body where two-thirds of the group glaze over the budgeting process, while a few others want to go through the budget line by painful line. Policy makers need to understand basic financial information and be able to evaluate budgets and financial statements
Leadership means listening carefully to others with a desire to understand concerns, ideas, and perspectives. Elected officials are expected to be accessible to the community through meetings and events, and by phone and email.
REQUIREMENTS TO BECOME A MAYOR
To become a mayor, a person needs to be;
- At least 18 years of age
- Be a resident of the city where they wish to be mayor
- Be without debt or other financial obligations to the city
- Be without felony convictions or other injurious criminal activity
- Be a registered voter and have the necessary minimum amount of signatures as required by their city
HOW TO BECOME A MAYOR
- Get to Know Your Community
You cannot win without a voter base. Getting involved in community groups, hobby and sports associations, volunteering your time with charities, and becoming friends with business owners in your community are great ways to become a respectable and well-known citizen in your community.
- Educate Yourself and Run for City Council
Learn as much as you can about the affairs and procedures of your city or town council. Most mayors in the United States and Canada have served as a city council person before getting elected as mayor.
- Listen to Peoples’ Problems and Give Them Solutions
Showing potential voters that you can solve their problems is critical for getting elected. Becoming a regular at city council meetings and being well prepared to offer solutions to problems the city is facing is a great way to build such skills, and the proper reputation.
- Get Your Name on the Ballot
Check with your provincial/state Election Commission’s office in your city as to how you can submit your name for candidacy. If your province or state requires you to sign and submit a petition in order to submit your candidacy, then get in touch with all of the friends and associates you’ve made at the charity groups, associations and other groups you belong to get enough of the required number of signatures for your petition.