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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Even as the National Rifle Association has been consumed by relentless and increasingly public infighting, Wayne LaPierre has maintained a firm grip on its leadership. Danny Hakim, New York Times, "N.R.A. Donor Directs a Revolt Against a ‘Radioactive’ Leader," 2 July 2019 Mitrou-Long -- impressing coaches during practices with his leadership, loud voice and ability to run the offense -- had a team-high eight assists. Chris Fedor, cleveland.com, "Dylan Windler’s promising debut not enough, Cleveland Cavaliers lose Salt Lake City Summer League opener, 97-89," 2 July 2019 Compliance and academic success are the paramount goals for our athletics program under our leadership. Dom Amore, courant.com, "NCAA hits Kevin Ollie hard in findings, puts UConn men’s basketball program on probation for two years," 2 July 2019 Coleman said the district has improved under his leadership, growing the student population from around 1,200 students in 2011 to almost 2,300 now. John Wisely, Detroit Free Press, "Financially struggling River Rouge district officials travel big on school dime," 1 July 2019 The futuristic $2,000 phone was positioned as the first foldable smartphone from a major manufacturer, allowing Samsung to leverage its display leadership into a hybrid phone/tablet device that no one else could produce. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Samsung CEO calls Galaxy Fold launch failure “embarrassing”," 1 July 2019 Irving might not feel pressure, but there will be scrutiny not only on his performance but his leadership. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Kyrie Irving finally got to choose his team. What will he do with this chance?," 1 July 2019 Our front office leadership is great, his teammates. Tim Reynolds, orlandosentinel.com, "NBA spending spree begins with big bucks to big stars," 30 June 2019 Over the past couple years, the Iditarod has had a series of shakeups to its leadership amid turmoil, including the loss of longtime sponsors, the lowering of prize winnings, mounting criticism from animal-rights groups and a drug-testing scandal. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "The Iditarod has a new CEO: Rob Urbach," 29 June 2019

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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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