When the storm hits, the office empties. With the exception of support teams, Leadership dispatches to the field. There is so much more going on than just snow removal. There are support systems, repairs, and reallocation of resources.
When you get hit with a 30+ Nor'easter, all of the above mentioned need to move fast. Strong leadership provides the know how and keeps the teams focused on the task at hand.
A prediction about the direction and forecast of the industry tells you nothing about where the industry is heading. Predictions are a dime a dozen. However, it tells you a whole lot about the person doing the predicting. Time to listen.