Hudson Valley Leadership Experience

Stony Point, New York

Based in a period of great uncertainty, infused with a powerful vision for the future of a nation free from the oppression of foreign dominance and rule, the events that occurred in the Hudson Valley of New York from October 1777 through October 1780 had a profound and strategically important effect on the morale of the struggling Continental Army and its control of key defensive positions along the Hudson River. The obvious importance of the Hudson River to the colonies as the main transportation artery for supplies, as well as its natural positioning as an invasion route from Canada, made the need for the establishment, recapture, and strengthening of defenses along its length a paramount strategic objective for the Continentals.

Participants will explore key terrain throughout the area and examine the locations assessed by Gen. George Washington and his staff in an attempt to re-establish or gain control of vital defensive positions. Highly interactive case studies will examine principal figures of the Colonial offensives in the greater Hudson River Valley area.

Key Leadership Lessons:

Cascading Strategic VisionImportance of InitiativeWorking Across Organizational Boundaries
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Selected Case Studies

  • General George Washington
  • Lieutenant General Sir Henry Clinton
  • Major General Benedict Arnold
  • Colonel Louis de la Radière
  • Colonel Tadeusz Kosciuzko

Key Leadership Lessons

  • Focus on the Critical versus the Important
  • Maintaining the Initiative 
  • Aligning the Team Behind a Shared Vision 
  • Cascading Intent Through an Organization 
  • Working Across Organizational Boundaries 


The Hudson Valley Leadership Experience is a two-day program that positions you in the region George Washington termed “the key to North America.” Key battlefields and historic sites in the region including Stony Point, Fort Montgomery, and West Point highlight the essential role this picturesque region of New York played in the American Revolution. Each day concludes with an after-action review (AAR) at the lodging site. Customization is possible. 


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