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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But that’s not where the party leadership is at the moment. Philip Elliott, Time, "Some State GOP Parties Are Canceling Their Primaries. Here's Why It May Not Protect President Trump," 9 Sep. 2019 Trump’s offers to hold talks with the Iranian leadership have similarly met with no result and Iran has moved ahead with actions that violate the 2015 nuclear deal that the president withdrew from last year. Matthew Lee, The Denver Post, "Plan for Taliban meeting latest bold Trump gamble to unravel," 8 Sep. 2019 Trump's offers to hold talks with the Iranian leadership have similarly met with no result and Iran has moved ahead with actions that violate the 2015 nuclear deal that the president withdrew from last year. Matthew Lee, chicagotribune.com, "How Trump’s secret plan to hold talks with the Taliban at Camp David became his latest foreign policy gamble to unravel," 8 Sep. 2019 If the Democratic Party national leadership isn’t willing to lead that charge, the only option is to change the national party. Natasha Geiling, The New Republic, "Make Democratic Leaders Pay for Their Climate Cowardice," 3 Sep. 2019 Until the Palestinians have a leadership willing to set aside the ideology and cool rather than inflame the passions that spawned the Hebron massacre, the conflict will not be resolved through diplomacy. Douglas J. Feith, National Review, "The Hebron Riots of 1929: Consequences and Lessons," 27 Aug. 2019 Something stirred in Wanda, seeing an entire country honor a black woman for her leadership and strength. USA Today, "Were Wanda Tucker’s ancestors America’s first slaves? A difficult search for answers in far-away Angola," 22 Aug. 2019 Today, the world is in dire need of new values and new leadership. Georgia Frances King, Quartz, "Deray Mckesson talks to one of Africa’s biggest activists about reparations, equality, and reconciliation," 20 Aug. 2019 This shift has many authors—especially the leadership of big US companies like Costco, Southwest Airlines, and Panera Bread, whose strategies and track record are consistent with employee centric-thinking. Judith Samuelson, Quartz at Work, "Did the Business Roundtable just sound the death knell for shareholder primacy?," 19 Aug. 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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