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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Frances Frei, a Harvard Business School professor who was Uber’s senior vice president of leadership and strategy, departed in February to return to Harvard. Mike Isaac, BostonGlobe.com, "At Uber, new questions arise about executive behavior," 14 July 2018 The commission majority said at the time that the county needed new leadership and a new direction after more than eight years with Zacharias at the helm. Lynn Horsley, kansascity, "The vote was unanimous: She’s now Johnson County’s new manager," 12 July 2018 Part of that decline could be due to many churches’ failure to connect young people with church leadership and activities, said Brent Peterson, the dean of Northwest Nazarene University’s School of Theology and Christian Ministries. Nicole Blanchard, idahostatesman, "‘The Mormon exception’: Idaho’s largest religion bucks trends affecting Christianity," 12 July 2018 Since McAllister passed away from heart failure at her home in Terrell Hills, admirers have heaped praise on her legacy of tireless civic leadership and volunteerism. Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje, San Antonio Express-News, "Personal side of late philanthropist celebrated," 9 July 2018 The most sought-after soft skills are adaptability, time management, collaboration, team building, leadership and communication. Kimberly Thompson, Houston Chronicle, "Career Rescue: Soft skills help energy-job interview," 8 July 2018 This time around his latest tweet was 12 hours prior to the release, praising Republican leadership and America's global standing. Ben Popken /, NBC News, "U.S. added 213,000 jobs in June," 6 July 2018 Jacqueline Reliford, of Perris, first appeared in the Californian in 2017 as part of a story about the Perris Youth Advisory Committee, a professional youth leadership and mentorship organization focused on civic engagement and community service. Nicole Miller-coleman, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Young leader puts children, community service first," 2 July 2018 There’s nothing wrong with criticizing specific leaders or processes, but there’s real danger in delegitimizing the whole idea of a party with leadership and structure. Julia Azari, Vox, "How “abolish ICE” illustrates the importance of party politics," 2 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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