Purpose The purpose of this paper is to look at organizational culture and knowledge sharing, and to explore how a leader fosters a culture of knowledge sharing in an information organization. Design/methodology/approach The literature survey is used. It indicates that little is known about how to foster a culture of knowledge sharing from a leadership perspective in an information organization. Findings This study finds that the main approaches that a leader need to use to foster a culture of knowledge sharing are to set the mission, short-term, middle-term and long-term goals and objectives of fostering a culture of knowledge sharing, master as many leadership styles as possible, adjust and choose a leadership style that is appropriate to fostering a culture of knowledge sharing in a given situation, lead by example, develop messaging, make a communication plan, reward and recognize knowledge-sharing behaviors and make knowledge management fun. Research limitations/implications The limitation is that this study is solely focused on the literature survey and opinions. Practical implications This paper provides a useful overview of the approaches used to foster a culture of knowledge sharing in an information organization. Originality/value The views, approaches and suggestions will be useful and valuable to improve the success of knowledge sharing in information organizations in the digital age.