Publication Date

Spring 4-12-2019

Document Type

Capstone project: USD users only

Degree Name

MA Leadership Studies


Leadership Studies


This paper explores the influences existing on the edges of systems that predispose specific populations to disaster, the conditions that trigger initial events to become chaos, and the dynamics of leadership throughout. Within the context of the earthquakes that devasted Nepal in 2015, the examination of the relationship between conditional factors that serve as catalyst to chaos, and preexisting inequalities evident in rural mountain villages, the volatility of vulnerability emerges as a central determinate to a community’s capacity to resist, cope, and react to hazardous events. Exploring the existing disaster risk and leadership literature, insights into coping with complexities through a systems approach, cultivating capacities through consideration of local realities, and possible interventions that redirect the flows of negative externalities into forms of empowerment emerge. Such deliberations aim to offer a perspective on leadership that reflects the increasingly interconnected, interdependent and complex world in which it exists.