lead·​er·​ship | \ ˈlē-dər-ˌship \

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!

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But since inheriting the party leadership, the 55-year-old has failed to rival the popularity of his father. Gabriele Steinhauser, WSJ, "Catholic Church Questions Surprise Congo Election Results," 10 Jan. 2019 For decades, the LGBTQ community has been dominated in media, leadership, and visibility by white gay men who have not worked hard enough to fairly share power. Ernest Owens, Vox, "What it’s like to be black and gay watching the Kevin Hart controversy unfold.," 7 Jan. 2019 LucasArt's leadership, which was in constant flux for a while, came to the decision to stop producing original adventure games in favor of more action-heavy Star Wars titles. Michael Thompson, Ars Technica, "Drawn together: The love affair between comics and games," 24 Dec. 2018 November will undoubtedly be a race about stabilizing the state’s financial situation and breaking its long history of corrupt leadership (four of the past ten governors have ended up in prison). Tara Golshan, Vox.com, "Illinois results for every midterm race," 8 Nov. 2018 Through its Ask a Woman to Run tool and She Should Run incubator, women from all backgrounds can enroll in courses on leadership, networking, and communication skills to build their individual paths to candidacy. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "6 Political Candidate Organizations Helping Women Run for Office," 25 Oct. 2018 But both of us have seen how political leadership, funding, innovation and individual acts of bravery and compassion can change the world. Marissa G. Muller, Allure, "Lady Gaga Wrote an Emotional Op-Ed on Suicide and Mental Health," 10 Oct. 2018 To achieve this type of output requires strong leadership, courage, unwavering focus, and a workaholic attitude, which Foster possess. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Based on your zodiac sign, what should your Halloween costume be?," 10 Oct. 2018 But both of us have seen how political leadership, funding, innovation and individual acts of bravery and compassion can change the world. Marissa G. Muller, Teen Vogue, "Lady Gaga's World Mental Health Day 2018 Op-Ed Calls for More Awareness and Resources," 10 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of leadership

1765, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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