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 The report ranked America’s 50 governors based on policy performance and executive leadership before and after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Tyler Arnold, Washington Examiner, "West Virginia's Jim Justice ranks as fourth-worst governor for economic freedom in new report," 27 Oct. 2020 Without Simpson, leadership has become a collective effort. Daniel Dash, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan basketball needs Eli Brooks, back to playing point, to become that lead guard," 27 Oct. 2020 Trump welcomed Lordstown Motors’ leadership – and one of its Endurance model electric pickups – to the South Lawn of the White House on Sept. 28. USA Today, "'They're all coming back,' President Trump promises Ohio crowd about jobs in 2017. Did he deliver?," 27 Oct. 2020 Democratic senators emptied their side, heeding party leadership's advice to not linger in the chamber. Lisa Mascaro, Star Tribune, "Barrett confirmed by Senate for Supreme Court, takes oath," 27 Oct. 2020 The theater’s governing board sent out a survey about a year ago, Brookes and other staffers said, asking them to evaluate Green’s leadership. Deborah Martin, ExpressNews.com, "Oppressive or just demanding? It depends on who’s describing Public Theater of San Antonio’s controversial leader," 27 Oct. 2020 When city leadership and staff realized Naperville was going to take significant revenue hits in late spring as a result of the pandemic, cuts were made to the 2020 budget, Krieger said. Suzanne Baker, chicagotribune.com, "Despite a decline in revenue, Naperville’s proposed 2021 budget calls for services to remain unchanged," 27 Oct. 2020 McGrath, on the other hand, praised Beshear's leadership and expressed support for his decision to require people to don masks in public places. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "Amy McGrath, Brad Barron criticize Mitch McConnell at debate he skipped," 27 Oct. 2020 Democratic senators emptied their side, heeding party leadership’s advice to not linger in the chamber. Author: Lisa Moscaro, Anchorage Daily News, "Barrett confirmed by Senate for Supreme Court, takes oath," 27 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of leadership

1765, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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30 Oct 2020

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“Leadership.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leadership. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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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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