Advice Networks in Teams: The Role of Transformational Leadership and Members' Core Self-Evaluations

Zhen Zhang, Suzanne Peterson

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This article examines the team-level factors promoting advice exchange networks in teams. Drawing upon theory and research on transformational leadership, team diversity, and social networks, we hypothesized that transformational leadership positively influences advice network density in teams and that advice network density serves as a mediating mechanism linking transformational leadership to team performance. We further hypothesized a 3-way interaction in which members' mean core self-evaluation (CSE) and diversity in CSE jointly moderate the transformational leadership-advice network density relationship, such that the relationship is positive and stronger for teams with low diversity in CSE and high mean CSE. In addition, we expected that advice network centralization attenuates the positive influence of network density on team performance. Results based on multisource data from 79 business unit management teams showed support for these hypotheses. The results highlight the pivotal role played by transformational leadership and team members' CSEs in enhancing team social networks and, ultimately, team effectiveness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1004-1017
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Applied Psychology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2011


  • Advice networks
  • Core self-evaluations
  • Team diversity
  • Team performance
  • Transformational leadership

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology


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