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 Tucker may have a rough start given the circumstances of his hiring and a Michigan State athletic department that is lacking leadership and lacking cohesion at the moment. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, "Mel Tucker once locked down Ohio recruiting for Ohio State; now new Michigan State coach will battle Buckeyes," 12 Feb. 2020 University leadership in the Pac-12 need to re-take control of the conference. oregonlive, "Canzano: Mel Tucker leaving Colorado proves Pac-12 is ripe for the poaching -- and it’s just beginning," 12 Feb. 2020 The female-focused event, set to run Feb. 27-March 1 at New York City's Barnard College, highlights women's leadership onscreen and in real life. Hilary Lewis, The Hollywood Reporter, "Beanie Feldstein, Effie T. Brown Set for Athena Film Festival Honors (Exclusive)," 12 Feb. 2020 House Republicans have pushed a comparatively modest set of reforms to lower prices, and Republican leadership in the Senate has expressed little interest in a separate, bipartisan drug pricing effort. Lev Facher, STAT, "In reelection bid, a GOP lawmaker campaigns on Pelosi’s drug pricing bill," 11 Feb. 2020 President Xi Jinping’s leadership is being tested, but so is the argument that a regime that at first underreacted now is overreacting. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Coronavirus Needs a Free Press," 11 Feb. 2020 Kupec also said there was no contact between the White House and Justice Department leadership regarding the Monday evening's filing prior to the decision made to reverse course. Ali Dukakis And, ABC News, "DOJ announces reversal in Roger Stone sentencing recommendation after Trump tweet," 11 Feb. 2020 In response, the company sent out a statement that said Braidy's board removed Bouchard from both his leadership posts on Jan. 28. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "Braidy Industries officials say project is 'shovel ready' but still needs $500M to start," 11 Feb. 2020 The reluctance could be due to China’s leadership not wanting the world to think the country needs help, said the report, citing anonymous public health officials and diplomats. Jane Li, Quartz, "Chinese cities try to flush out coronavirus patients by stopping cough medicine sales," 9 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of leadership

1765, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 Feb 2020

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“Leadership.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leadership?utm_campaign=sd&utm_medium=serp&utm_source=jsonld. Accessed 21 Feb. 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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