The City of Everett recently held its Lunch and Learn for the month of September at City Hall. This month’s program was titled “We are the Ones: Leadership Skills for an Inclusive Work Environment.”
Lunch and Learn is a monthly program created and moderated by the City of Everett’s Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Cathy Draine. It allows City employees to come together, share ideas and experiences and discuss new topics while enjoying lunch. The series is a part of the City’s commitment to engage, educate and elevate.
The special guest speaker was Pasquale Russolillo. He is a retired Major/Commander of Troop A of the Massachusetts State Police. He is currently the founder of Russolillo Consulting Group and is focused on supporting both public and private entities in building strong and effective leadership teams that meet the needs of their clients and constituents. Russolillo spent 32 years in law enforcement with the responsibility to lead and manage over 200 troopers. The experiences in this role taught him that a successful work culture starts with leadership support and development.
During the program, Russolillo talked about the importance of good leaders in any organization. He also spoke about the different types of leadership styles that can be found. These different styles are laissez-faire, democratic and authoritative. Each style has its own place within an organization, and utilizing all three of them for different situations is important. Participants were encouraged to share their thoughts on the different leadership styles and how it could be applied to working in the public sector.
Russolillo wanted to leave attendees with four main takeaways, which are that great leadership must be value-driven, a collaborative effort between everyone within the organization, purposeful and consistent, and it’s a skill that’s a learned experience and must be developed over time. City employees learned that anyone can be a leader because it is a skill that everyone can have as long as they are willing to work on and develop it.
Mayor Carlo DeMaria would like to thank Russolillo for sharing his knowledge and expertise at September’s Lunch and Learn program.