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 Although a political newcomer, Moore pointed to his leadership experience in business and the military — and his nonprofit work focused on poverty and education — as qualifications to take over as the state’s next governor. Bryn Stole, baltimoresun.com, 7 June 2021 Amid the rise in antisemitism, several Palestinian organizers have pushed back against any claim their movement is antisemitic, also drawing the difference between antisemitism and opposing Israeli leadership. Nour Rahal, Detroit Free Press, 7 June 2021 After her termination, Jones became a public face of resistance to DeSantis’ leadership, boosting her prominence through appearances on cable news shows. Skyler Swisher, sun-sentinel.com, 7 June 2021 The leadership reshuffle comes at an important juncture for HSBC, which has been caught up in geopolitical tensions between China and the West and is pivoting its business to focus more on customers in Hong Kong and mainland China. Elaine Yu, WSJ, 7 June 2021 Through greater regional leadership, the US can help residents find hope at home. Mari Carmen Aponte, CNN, 7 June 2021 The ag committee’s action shocked politicos in Raleigh, as well as organizations and communities across the state with a vested interest in seeing competent leadership at DEQ. Nick Martin, The New Republic, 7 June 2021 Janey said that in the future, candidates for leadership in the Boston Police Department, whether internal or external, will be subject to vetting and background checks. BostonGlobe.com, 7 June 2021 The magnitude of the task cannot be overstated and will take strong and determined leadership. John Strickland, Forbes, 6 June 2021

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First Known Use of leadership

1765, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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9 Jun 2021

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“Leadership.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leadership. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of leadership

: a position as a leader of a group, organization, etc.
: the time when a person holds the position of leader
: the power or ability to lead other people


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