lead·​er·​ship | \ ˈlē-dər-ˌship How to pronounce leadership (audio) \

Definition of leadership

1 : the office or position of a leader recently assumed the leadership of the company
2 : capacity to lead a politician who lacks leadership
3 : the act or an instance of leading leadership molds individuals into a team— Harold Koontz & Cyril O'Donnell
4 : leaders the party leadership

Examples of leadership in a Sentence

a politician who lacks leadership What this country needs is the exercise of strong leadership!
Recent Examples on the Web With a smooth transition in leadership expected, Sheikh Khalifa’s death is unlikely to have an economic or political impact. Asa Fitch, WSJ, 13 May 2022 Democrats in leadership keep feebly insisting that the solution is to get out the vote, though the urgency of this moment calls for so much more. Glamour, 13 May 2022 While Song’s request remained under review by the US Navy, the process of review extended for months amidst ongoing changes in the leadership at both the Department of Defense and in the Navy. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 12 May 2022 Voters will have the opportunity to choose a range of candidates, like a new mayor, a new city attorney and a new city controller, setting the stage for the most significant turnover in political leadership at City Hall since 2013. Los Angeles Times, 9 May 2022 During this time there were also multiple changes in senior leadership at the company. Roxane Gay, New York Times, 6 May 2022 Raisa Ghazi is a public speaker in inclusive leadership and helps women rise to the top through her Women's Leadership Strategy course. Raisa Ghazi, Forbes, 5 May 2022 Chiddick: Inflation and homelessness is all due to the failure in leadership from both a federal level and local here in San Diego. Greg Moran, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 May 2022 Lopez earned a bachelors degree in marketing with a minor in sports management from GCU and a masters degree in leadership. Richard Davenport, Arkansas Online, 28 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of leadership

1765, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Last Updated

16 May 2022

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“Leadership.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leadership. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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