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School leadership can be developed and strengthened from many approaches, including, but not limited to, transformational, instructional, distributed, and social justice leadership. This article presents an alternative perspective to develop school leadership from the social network perspectives. Drawing upon the growing body of research on social networks in school leadership, this article elucidates the evidence-based school leadership practices from four facets: social ties, network structure, social influence, and school culture. These four facets influence one another as the school leaders emerge, exercise leadership, and build a nurturing school culture through forging social ties, shaping network structure, and gaining social influence.


Accepted manuscript version on an article published by Sage Publishers in:

Wang. Y. (2018). It all starts with social ties: Developing school leadership from the social network perspectives. National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) Bulletin, 102(4), 323–340.