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 His leadership took our nation closer to its Founding promise: all are created equal. Tim Darnell, ajc, "‘A wonderful friend’: Clinton, Obama, Pelosi react to Vernon Jordan’s death," 2 Mar. 2021 Under her leadership, the Bulldogs won eight district titles and a state title in 2010. Joe Magill, cleveland, "For Hoban coach Pam Davis, Canton McKinley game isn’t personal; it’s more about personnel: Girls basketball regional preview," 2 Mar. 2021 In addition to consumers wanting brands to take a stand and speak out, there’s also a demand for companies to walk their talk by ensuring their leadership is diverse and their internal structures are inclusive. Forbes, "Five Tips For Boosting Your Brand In 2021," 1 Mar. 2021 The chemistry is finally paying off, and his leadership and energy have been infectious. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "Lovings-Watts is Jeffersonville's top player in more ways than one heading into sectionals," 1 Mar. 2021 Myanmar has been in chaos since the army seized power and detained civilian leader Suu Kyi and much of her party leadership last month, alleging fraud in a November election her party won in a landslide. NBC News, "Myanmar court files fresh charges against Aung San Suu Kyi as mass protests continue," 1 Mar. 2021 Abandoning the wage effort likely will inflame tensions between the Democratic Party’s progressive wing and its leadership. Andrew Duehren, WSJ, "Senate Democrats to Drop Plan for Wage Increases in Covid-19 Aid Bill," 1 Mar. 2021 Trump’s address was billed as a statement of his unchallenged leadership of the Republican Party. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "Trump stages GOP comeback at CPAC by refusing to concede 2020 defeat," 28 Feb. 2021 The pair of harassment allegations represent a deepening crisis for Cuomo, who just months ago was at the height of his popularity for his leadership during the height of the coronavirus pandemic last spring. Dave Collins, Anchorage Daily News, "2nd former aide accuses New York Gov. Cuomo of sexual harassment," 28 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of leadership

1765, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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5 Mar 2021

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“Leadership.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leadership. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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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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