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The recent major disasters have surfaced the long-standing discussion on the importance of leadership in managing disruptions. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma demonstrate how supply chain disruptions are complicated, surprising, and often unforgiving to mediocre decisions. Leading organizations through natural or man-made disruptions can be extremely challenging. In this paper, we offer theoretical and empirical evidence to help address the question: What type of leadership traits are best suited in handling supply chain disruptions? We identify baseline and contextual leadership traits that affect managerial decisions when facing SC disruption. These results offer further explanations on the nuances of supply chain disruptions.

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