March 29, 2017
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
Kyle Roddey MBA ‘08, the mayor of Goshen, N.Y., discussed
leadership strategies with students at Mount Saint Mary College on
Kyle Roddey, mayor of Goshen, N.Y., a history teacher in the
Enlarged City School District of Middletown, and Mount Saint Mary
College alumnus, discussed how to be an effective leader during a
March 28 talk at his alma mater.
Roddey’s journey into politics began shortly after he completed
a master’s degree in adolescent education at the Mount in 2008. At
the age of 25, Roddey was elected mayor of Goshen, N.Y. and has
held the position since 2011.
For those who are just beginning to embrace their leadership
potential or are looking to improve their skills, Roddey offered
1. Always know what you don’t know
“Understand where you blind spots are,” Roddey noted, “and learn
as much as you can about them. Turn your weaknesses into
2. Pull the emotion out
“We make better decisions when we aren’t being emotional,” he
said. Being angry or upset when dealing with a problem often leads
to missed opportunities and poor decisions, Roddey noted. Always
approach an issue with a level head.
3. Make friends, not enemies
The time spent on rivalries is much better used on being
productive, Roddy explained. Put aside differences in ideology and
past grievances. Much more can be done to benefit the community
when leaders work together.
The talk was sponsored by the Mount’s Office of Student