leadership

noun 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

  1. a politician who lacks leadership

  2. What this country needs is the exercise of strong leadership!

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First Known Use of leadership

1765



LEADERSHIP Defined for English Language Learners

leadership

noun

Definition of leadership for English Language Learners

  • : 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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