We have been programmed all our lives to solve problems and, admittedly, there are those who take on the role of a mediator only to end up taking control of the decision-making process for the parties. Let’s face it! It is easier to give our opinion and expect others to follow. Encouraging people to work together, particularly those involved in conflict, is not the easiest task in the world. It is for this reason that mediation courses necessitate a holistic approach to develop a mindset that mediators are not problem solvers but rather process experts.
So do you have what it takes?
Mia Quiaoit-Corpus is the Executive Director of The CoRe Group, the leading institution for Values-based Approaches.