Leadership and trust: Their effect on knowledge sharing and team performance

Lee, Pauline, Gillespie, Nicole, Mann, Leon and Wearing, Alexander (2010) Leadership and trust: Their effect on knowledge sharing and team performance. Management Learning, 41 4: 473-491. doi:10.1177/1350507610362036

Author Lee, Pauline
Gillespie, Nicole
Mann, Leon
Wearing, Alexander
Title Leadership and trust: Their effect on knowledge sharing and team performance
Journal name Management Learning   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1350-5076
Publication date 2010-09-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1350507610362036
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 41
Issue 4
Start page 473
End page 491
Total pages 19
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Team leaders who facilitate knowledge sharing and engender trust contribute to team effectiveness. While the separate effects of leadership, trust and knowledge sharing on team performance are well documented, few scholars have investigated the specific links between these factors. This study examines the relationship between the leader as the knowledge builder, trust in the leader and in the team, knowledge sharing and team performance. Surveys were collected from 34 engineering project teams (n=166 team members, 30 team leaders) and 18 managers in a large automotive organization. The results indicate that by building the team's expertise, leaders enhance team members' willingness to rely on and disclose information in the team, which in turn increases team knowledge sharing. Team knowledge sharing significantly predicted leaders' and managers' ratings of team performance. The theoretical and practical implications of the findings are discussed. © The Author(s) 2010.
Keyword Knowledge sharing
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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