leadership

noun
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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In 1960, as the Congo stepped into independence after 75 years of Belgian colonization, a crisis of leadership emerged almost instantly. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "That Time a CIA Spyplane Had to Dodge a Spear During the Cold War," 14 Jan. 2019 Women are over represented in many low paying jobs but under represented in leadership positions across nearly every industry. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Ryan Seacrest Faces Backlash for Wearing 'Time's Up' Bracelet on Golden Globes Red Carpet," 7 Jan. 2019 Fast forward 30 years, and Raymond is the executive director of the Harnisch Foundation, a nonprofit that works to boost women and girls into leadership positions. Shay Maunz, Glamour, "Funny Girls Is Teaching Girls to Be Leaders Through Improv," 6 Dec. 2018 Into this context of design leadership comes Microsoft’s first pair of headphones from the Surface team, simply titled Surface Headphones. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Microsoft Surface Headphones review: all the style without the polish," 15 Nov. 2018 The Council has implemented an interdisciplinary plan that includes: youth engagement, economic development, leadership resources and recreational activity. Teen Vogue, "The Turtle Mountain Youth Council is Helping Chippewa Teens Find Their Voices," 11 Mar. 2019 The designer headed to the members club this morning to talk leadership and community with Farfetch Chief Strategy Officer and British Fashion Council chair, Stephanie Phair and was joined by her mother Jackie Adams and mother-in-law Sandra Beckham. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Victoria Beckham Celebrates International Women’s Day With Her Nearest and Dearest," 8 Mar. 2019 Mentorship can also increase self confidence, boost communication skills, and enhance leadership qualities that'll benefit girls throughout their careers. Shannon Willoby, Redbook, "Why Girls Need More Mentors in STEM," 8 Mar. 2019 The appliance giant helped pay her way through community college and Ohio’s University of Findlay, then handed her increasing responsibility, encouraged her pursuit of an M.B.A. and put her on KitchenAid’s senior leadership team. John D. Stoll, WSJ, "KitchenAid’s Key Ingredient: Investing in Workers. ‘It’s Not a Dead-End Job Anymore.’," 22 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of leadership

1765, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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leadership

noun

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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