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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With Nelson Cruz and Robinson Cano no longer with the team, Servais is turning to other players to take on leadership roles. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Mariners manager Scott Servais addresses allegations of racism from Dr. Lorena Martin," 11 Dec. 2018 The company said earlier this year that black employees represented 8 percent of business and sales roles, while only 1 percent of technical roles are filled by black employees, and black employees only represent 2 percent of leadership roles. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "Former Facebook manager calls out company for bad treatment of black employees," 27 Nov. 2018 According to Sullivan, Heindorff will also be stepping into the leadership role at Ghost Gunner, Inc. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Cody Wilson was Defense Distributed—so who is the organization’s new leader?," 6 Oct. 2018 Meanwhile, the sun in Leo is asking us to take on a leadership role and personal responsibility. Jodie Layne, Teen Vogue, "Lunar Eclipse 2018: What You Need to Know," 27 July 2018 Expect a sea change in the Latin music business as women both on and offstage assume leadership roles and fight back against an industry that is legendary for sexism. Jessica Lipsky, Billboard, "Latin Women Take The Reins: Insights From the Latin Alternative Music Conference," 13 July 2018 In his leadership role, Schneider had to deal with state regulators and occasional community opponents, while cajoling donors who made many of his goals possible through their generosity. Allan Vought, The Aegis, "A visionary volunteer steps away from leading Harford's hospitals," 13 July 2018 Representation of white women in leadership roles improved by 17% between 2007 and 2015. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "Facebook's diversity efforts failing African-American and Hispanic women," 12 July 2018 This duty spared him some of the hard labor and indiscriminate brutality that befell other captives and allowed him to join an underground resistance that secretly assumed leadership roles within the camps, roles that continued after liberation. Emanuella Grinberg, Smithsonian, "When a Bavarian Monastery Provided a Home to Jewish Refugees," 11 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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