Posted on 5/13/2011 10:07:00 AM

by Ken Bartels, Sr. Vice President


Leadership...why is it that important?


Lots of leadership changes happening in Elmhurst. Top spots are already or soon will be different at many of our most visible institutions and organizations. Not unusual, except for the fact that so many seem to be coming in a tight time frame.
So, why is that important? Well, Elmhurst is a pretty civil place and a place where people, if they can, would rather get along with you than argue with you (most of the time, that is). 
It also is a City with folks that have believed that its leadership would look to partner, cooperate, collaborate, share, offer, just generally help out, when it was possible to do so. That’s a great legacy and spirit to have as a community. It isn’t that way everywhere. It’s friendly, supportive, accomplishment and success oriented. Pretty special, actually.
So, why is that important? Relationships often drive these willing and positive arrangements. Relationships between the leaders aid in getting things done and in finding the ideas, plans and objectives that require and qualify for the “we’re all in this together” attitude. These relationships, all above board by the way, create trust, create natural affinity thinking and often cut down on narrow views of what should and can and will be done in our City (most of the time, that is).
When the leaders change, the relationships change, obviously. Not unusual, nor a problem in itself. But, we all should hope that the relationships can be forged and crafted and utilized as quickly as it is possible to do so. We have challenges that must be met, tasks that must be undertaken, steps that we must take to grow and prosper going ahead.
Our leaders and their relationships will be vital in all that. The leaders that are exiting the local stage have done some wonderful things. Those coming to the scene will likely do the same. After all, we will expect it (most of the time, that is).