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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Philipp Lahm has said in a blog post on the social media platform LinkedIn that current German boss Joachim Low needs to change his leadership style in order to succeed once again, after Germany's shock World Cup exit. SI.com, "Philipp Lahm Says German Boss Joachim Löw Must Change Leadership Style in Order to Succeed Again," 13 July 2018 At a leadership retreat last year, organizers decided to spend less time on traditional protests and more on innovative rhetorical campaigns. Abraham Riesman, Daily Intelligencer, "Can the young activists of IfNotNow change the conversation about Israel and the Palestinians, or will their contradictions hold them back?," 12 July 2018 Recruiter Powell soon ceded leadership to Fred Gifford, who became Exalted Cyclops of the Portland Klan. Longreads, "Oregon’s Racist Past," 12 July 2018 The leadership of both FCA and the union have denied the case was indicative of widespread corruption, saying it was instead limited to a few bad actors. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Widow of UAW VP Holiefield gets 18 months in federal corruption case," 13 July 2018 Not every person certified currently has a leadership position. Gal Tziperman Lotan, The Aegis, "About 20 Harford firefighters lose rank by failing to meet deadline for certifications," 11 July 2018 Editorial leadership of the media brands remains the same. Thr Staff, Billboard, "Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Group CEO Steps Down," 11 July 2018 In one of his first moves as CEO of Lowe's, Marvin Ellison announced a major restructuring of its top leadership positions. Katherine Peralta, charlotteobserver, "Lowe's announces major shakeup of executive roles," 9 July 2018 Moshe Porat’s removal from his leadership position comes less than a year after U.S. News and World Report dropped Temple’s fast-growing program from its online M.B.A. rankings for misrepresenting data. Susan Snyder, Philly.com, "Temple business dean forced out over falsified MBA data used in rankings," 9 July 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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