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 Last week, the Army announced changes in leadership at Fort Hood amid the investigation into Guillen's death. Emily Wilder, The Arizona Republic, "Navajo Nation demands answers in deaths of 2 tribal members at Fort Hood," 9 Sep. 2020 According to Ma, without that level of government control, a universal testing scheme needs public trust in local leadership. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "Hong Kong’s citywide COVID-19 testing has become a barometer of public trust," 9 Sep. 2020 Republican operatives blamed a contrast in leadership between the president and coolheaded Republican Gov. Mike DeWine amid the coronavirus spread and civil unrest in the swing state. Katherine Doyle, Washington Examiner, "Pro-Trump super PAC launches $22M ad blitz to hold Florida, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Ohio," 9 Sep. 2020 Around Louisiana The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana will be honoring the accomplishments in leadership and community engagement of individuals and corporations within the Hispanic community at its annual Excelencia Gala. NOLA.com, "New Orleans, Baton Rouge area People in Business for Sept. 6, 2020," 6 Sep. 2020 Lagerbloom has declined to reveal exactly what prompted the abrupt change in leadership, but the timing is noteworthy. Susannah Bryan, sun-sentinel.com, "Fort Lauderdale may bring in national group to review troubled police department," 4 Sep. 2020 Utah County has historically lacked women’s voices in county leadership, Gardner said. Becky Jacobs, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Women’s leadership in Utah’s county governments varies widely," 2 Sep. 2020 Diverse hiring is reflected in leadership all over Macalester’s campus. Marcus Fuller, Star Tribune, "Minnesota colleges make incremental progress in hiring coaches and administrators of color, but much is left to do," 1 Sep. 2020 Because the only countries that are doing well with COVID are the ones that have women in leadership. PEOPLE.com, "Sharon Stone Says Her Sister Has 'Finally' Tested Negative for COVID-19 After Hospitalization," 31 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of leadership

1765, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Sep 2020

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“Leadership.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leadership. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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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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