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 Next, ensure that the leadership and the organization are aligned on KPIs both for successful project implementation and for the adoption of suitable post-go-live metrics. Prateek Chakravarty, Forbes, 30 June 2022 The new director assumed the artistic leadership and quickly eclipsed Weiss with strong moves toward a more inclusive exhibition program, collection and staff. New York Times, 28 June 2022 Part of it was the status quo leadership of the era—which, for the most part, included Bill Clinton—and part of it was a restive electorate who wanted change but couldn’t define what that meant. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 27 June 2022 Analysts point to Poland, whose illiberal nationalist ruling party has spent years re-engineering the judiciary in its favor, much to the consternation of the European Union leadership in Brussels. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 27 June 2022 While Saudis once flocked to Lebanon, Jordan, Morocco, and Europe to beat the summer heat, the Saudi leadership’s promotion of unheralded tourism gems in surprisingly diverse climates is encouraging local getaways. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, 27 June 2022 The president understood that all the Justice Department leadership thought that was completely bogus. NBC News, 26 June 2022 Several people involved with the talks have suggested that the Houthi leadership has tried to use the Safer as a bargaining chip in wider negotiations about the war. Ed Caesar, The New Yorker, 25 June 2022 Yet none of the Republican leadership had much desire to say anything publicly on Wednesday. BostonGlobe.com, 23 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of leadership

1765, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of leadership was in 1765

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Last Updated

3 Jul 2022

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“Leadership.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leadership. Accessed 7 Jul. 2022.

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