Goshen mayor reveals leadership tips at Mount talk

March 29, 2017

Kyle Roddey MBA ‘08, the mayor of Goshen, N.Y., discussed leadership strategies with students at Mount Saint Mary College on March 28. 


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 several tips.


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 strengths.”


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 Activities.