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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Aden, the former chief of the Greenville, North Carolina Police Department, has worked closely with Barge in a leadership role for the monitoring team during the past few years. Eric Heisig, cleveland.com, "Head of Cleveland police consent decree monitoring team to take lesser role," 16 July 2019 Leading ride sharing service Uber released its annual diversity report on Monday, showing that the percentage of woman in leadership roles rose to 28% from 21% a year ago. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Why Facebook, Google, and Twitter Must Clean Up Their Act—Data Sheet," 16 July 2019 One of the few actual ranchers who did come to the Bundys’ side at Malheur was Finicum: a 54-year-old Arizona rancher who assumed a leadership role at the Oregon occupation and was killed there. Leah Sottile, Longreads, "Chapter One: A Quiet Man," 15 July 2019 The percentage of women in leadership roles grew from 20.9% to 28% in the past year. Sara Ashley O'brien, CNN, "Uber will tie executive compensation to meeting diversity goals," 15 July 2019 Stress, of course, is a part of any leadership role, and startup leaders often have more resources than most to cope with mental-health woes. Rolfe Winkler, WSJ, "Beyond the Confetti: The Dark Side of Startup Success," 12 July 2019 From delivering packages as a boy to a long standing leadership role, Maus and Hoffman prospered under his guiding hand. sun-sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 7/12," 12 July 2019 Fields also took on a leadership role from the get-go. Michael Lev, azcentral, "Counting down the most valuable Arizona Wildcats for 2019 football season," 9 July 2019 Spruill started her career in public relations, but has spent the past two decades doing advocacy work in Washington, D.C., holding top leadership roles at the Ocean Conservancy and the Council on Foundations. Jon Chesto, BostonGlobe.com, "New England Aquarium takes a more active role in climate-change fight," 8 July 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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