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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And George Bush did both of them — provided brilliant leadership on both, without a shot being fired and very peacefully... Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Why Brian Mulroney, Former Canadian Prime Minister, Will Speak at George H.W. Bush's Funeral," 4 Dec. 2018 Nahles will have to sell the new compromise to her party's leadership on Monday. Geir Moulson, Fox News, "German government reaches deal to solve spy chief dispute," 24 Sep. 2018 The argument comes as the Trump administration has abdicated leadership on environmental issues, renouncing the Paris Agreement and offering a Clean Power Plan replacement this month that would do little to curb carbon dioxide emissions. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Governor’s desk last stop to California pledging 100% carbon-free energy by 2045," 30 Aug. 2018 Art galleries rarely outlive their impresario founders, but one of the industry’s powerhouses—Gagosian—is undergoing some major leadership changes aimed at keeping the franchise on top indefinitely. Kelly Crow, WSJ, "Shifts at Gagosian Signal New Direction," 17 Apr. 2019 In addition to the romances, another parallel element in the story has to do with Hiccup and Toothless each maturing into leadership roles. Soren Andersen, The Seattle Times, "‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’: Third film soars with extraordinary visuals," 20 Feb. 2019 China’s bond market is hosting a battle of wills between the country’s leadership and lower-ranking officials and corporate bosses. Shen Hong, WSJ, "Perpetual Motion: Chinese State Companies Fine-Tune Their Financial Engineering," 21 Apr. 2019 In the design world, entrepreneurs need to be experts not only in design, but also in production, operations, leadership, and financial processes like securing loans, accounting, and cash flow management. Jessica Andrews, Teen Vogue, "Designer Anita Dongre Talks Dressing Priyanka Chopra, Beyoncé, and Sophie Turner," 14 Mar. 2019 Another problem is the underground facilities constructed to shelter the North Korea’s leadership and nuclear weapons. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Military Wants Drones To Fly Through Enemy Caves and Map Them," 4 Oct. 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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