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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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 In 2018, the composition of the leadership team was not without controversy. Kaylen Ralph, Teen Vogue, "Women's March 2019: Everything You Need to Know," 9 Jan. 2019 House Republicans also named their leadership team this week, retaining Wilcox as minority leader. Joseph O’sullivan, The Seattle Times, "Long-serving Frank Chopp to step down as Washington’s state House speaker after 2019 session," 27 Nov. 2018 Pelosi has been working methodically to overcome dissatisfaction among some representatives with the lack of youth and diversity on the party’s leadership team. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Black Friday shoppers chose their screens over brick-and-mortar stores," 26 Nov. 2018 Public perception has begun to turn — against your company in general, and against you specifically — and your leadership team is now presented with the question of what to do. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How Facebook’s crisis PR firm triggered a PR crisis," 17 Nov. 2018

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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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