Does the City of Naperville have leadership; if so who’s the leader? Who could qualify? Is it the mayor, is it the city council or a particular member of the council, or would it be the city manager? What is leadership, how is defined? Leadership can encompass enthusiasm, execution, and energy, and what attributes can define each?
When you look at our possible leaders, does anyone exhibit the following characteristics:
- Communicate effectively
- Maximize relationships
- Build trust
- Manage performance
- Think critically
- Manage execution
- Drive change
- Demonstrate accountability
- Demonstrate courage
While more and more elected officials in cities and towns have taken the courageous step to not enforce the mask and passport mandates, city officials in Naperville sit on their hands more concerned about accent colors on buildings, and a honey bee in somebody’s bird bath. Not a word about mandates.
Ask residents about what is important to them between an accent color on a building, a bee in a bird bath, a chicken in a back yard, or a mask/passport mandates, and guess what the answer is going to be, yet nothing can be heard from city officials other than the sound of crickets. Why not have a conversation? Let’s see who has the courage to express their viewpoint.
Recently the city of St. Charles refused to support a proof of vaccination mandate. It wasn’t a formal vote but all nine aldermen, including Mayor Lora Vitek, opposed showing proof of vaccination to enter businesses. City Administrator Heather McGuire told the council she received two messages in favor of the mandate and over 200 against it.
Every week more towns are rejecting the mandates including Elk Grove, Burr Ridge, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles, Orland Park, and Park Ridge. By the time this post is published, undoubtedly more towns will be on board. Just this week the States of Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania have jumped on the freedom train, while Naperville officials are focused on whether or not to allow food trucks to sell hot dogs, tacos, and ice cream, or weighing them down with burdensome regulation and extra expense.
Naperville needs leaders or at least one leader courageous enough to speak-up for the ‘little guys’, or in this case the majority.