NEW JERSEY -- Steve Adubato was joined by Kevin O'Toole, Chairman, Board of Commissioners, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey & Managing Partner, O’Toole Scrivo, to discuss the importance of leadership in a time of crisis.
“Leaders have to understand when a crisis like this comes upon them, they have to seize the moment,” said O’Toole. “They have to make decisions immediately.”
O’Toole appeared via video conference from East Main Media’s studio in Little Falls, NJ, which was reconfigured to accommodate remote interviews due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The conversation was filmed on 3/20/20, as stay-at-home orders in New Jersey were just being enacted.
Prior to his post at the Port Authority, O’Toole was a former New Jersey State Senator and also has served in the New Jersey State Assembly.
“People look to their leaders,” O’Toole said, “to send a message, to show stability, so you have to give them frank answers.” He continued, “If you don’t have the answers, defer to those in the industry--the scientists, the doctors--to give the facts.”
“It’s no time for partisan politics,” O’Toole pointed out. “Talk about what needs to get done, have a master plan, and get to it.”
To watch the interview with O’Toole in its entirety, visit: https://steveadubato.org/recognizing-the-importance-of-leadership-in-a-time-of-crisis.html.