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!

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Alternative for Germany’s leadership, meanwhile, condemned the killing and called for a thorough investigation into the case. Fox News, "German prosecutors say man from 'far-right background' may have killed pro-refugee Merkel ally," 18 June 2019 The country’s leadership is satisfied with global benchmarks for oil at around $60 a barrel and its energy minister is lobbying for a relaxation of production curbs. Benoit Faucon, WSJ, "Saudis Push to Renew OPEC’s Oil-Export Curbs, Despite Tanker Attacks," 18 June 2019 Several leadership candidates, such as Sajid Javid and Dominic Raab, made speeches. The Economist, "On Britain beyond Brexit and the future of Conservatism," 18 June 2019 Nunes’ leadership committee paid Cloud $31,500 for fundraising in the same time period. Sarah D. Wire, latimes.com, "Nunes hired a longtime supporter with little experience to handle 2018 campaign ad buys," 18 June 2019 Another welcome bonus is that the Bayern man provides vast amounts of experience and leadership qualities on top of his positional flexibility, which are essential for helping a youthful Yellow and Blacks squad continue its development. SI.com, "Borussia Dortmund to Use Mats Hummels as Make-Shift Forward if World Cup Winner Re-Joins Club," 17 June 2019 Blumenthal will meet with leadership from Connecticut’s first and only anaerobic digester facility to discuss the company’s work in promoting clean energy. Don Stacom, courant.com, "Southington plant turns food waste to energy, owners say there’s lot of expansion room," 17 June 2019 His leadership experience includes coordinating an eighth-grade transition event for incoming freshmen and facilitating a Teens Activating the Language of Kindness program aimed to combat bullying, according to a district news release. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "West Aurora appoints administrator, high school dean of students," 14 June 2019 Moving right along, Antonoff and Bareilles came out to present Martin Bandier with the visionary leadership award, calling him a champion, fighting on behalf of the songwriters and artists. Ed Christman, Billboard, "At 50, Songwriters Hall of Fame Ceremony Focuses on Creator Recognition With Star-Studded Event," 14 June 2019

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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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