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Mar 14 2014

NYIT Trustee Offers Lessons on Leadership

New York, N.Y.  (March 14, 2014) – In your absence, your team will do what’s right, according to General Richard A. “Dick” Cody, provided, of course, that you as a leader have earned your team’s loyalty, respect, and trust through your own actions.

This is just one of many thoughtful insights General Cody offered last evening to an audience of New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) trustees, administrators, faculty, students, and staff during his presentation on “Leadership in the 21st Century” at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway. “Leadership is about people,” Cody said, as he shared his experiences and lessons learned during 36 years in the U.S. Army, and now more recently, in corporate America.  

Cody urged the audience to “always choose the harder right over the easier wrong.” Building on this, he noted that life is about choices and chances, and a leader needs a clear-eyed vision to make decisions and provide the right guidance. “Fly only as fast as you can see,” he advised.   

When Cody retired from the Army in 2008 – after receiving numerous decorations including the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Distinguished Fly Cross, and the Bronze Star – he took his unique and valuable skillset to L-3 Communications, where he is corporate senior vice president. NYIT also benefits from General Cody’s leadership and vision: in 2011, he became a board of trustee member at this university.

“I am sure that not for one minute did the thousands of soldiers whom General Cody commanded – including the famed ‘Screaming Eagles’ of the 101st Airborne Division and the Night Stalkers of the Special Operations Aviation Regiment– ever question his dedication, compassion, moral courage and yes, his tough but caring leadership,” said NYIT President Edward Guiliano, Ph.D., during his introduction of Cody. “And that is what brings us all here today: to hear, to learn, to absorb how General Cody approaches leadership and engenders the loyalty and hard work of those he leads,” Guiliano added.  

Cody, who graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, is chairman of the board and national chairman for Homes for Our Troops; board trustee of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund; board trustee of the George C. Marshall Foundation; a trustee of NOBLIS; on the advisory board for Hope for the Warriors; and the founder and lead pilot for Operation Flying Heroes, an organization that provides flights for Iraq and Afghanistan Wounded Warriors. He was inducted into the Army Aviation Hall of Fame in 2009.   

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