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The ties that lead: A social network approach to leadership (DOI:10.1016/j.leaqua.2005.09.004)

Balkundi, P; Kilduff, M; (2006) The ties that lead: A social network approach to leadership (DOI:10.1016/j.leaqua.2005.09.004). Leadership Quarterly , 17 (4) pp. 419-439. 10.1016/j.leaqua.2006.01.001.

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Abstract

This article investigates, for leadership research, the implications of new directions in social network theory that emphasize networks as both cognitive structures in the minds of organizational members and opportunity structures that facilitate and constrain action. We introduce the four core ideas at the heart of the network research program: the importance of relations, actors' embeddedness, the social utility of connections, and the structural patterning of social life. Then we present a theoretical model of how network cognitions in the minds of leaders affect three types of networks: the direct ties surrounding leaders, the pattern of direct and indirect ties within which leaders are embedded in the whole organization and the interorganizational linkages formed by leaders as representatives of organizations. We suggest that these patterns of ties can contribute to leader effectiveness. © 2006 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Type: Article
Title: The ties that lead: A social network approach to leadership (DOI:10.1016/j.leaqua.2005.09.004)
DOI: 10.1016/j.leaqua.2006.01.001
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1360378
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