Definition of leadership in US English:



  • 1The action of leading a group of people or an organization.

    ‘different styles of leadership’
    • ‘But the leader can still govern well through his or her leadership style or ability.’
    • ‘There are only two people in a position to provide such leadership.’
    • ‘We were a very young team that needed some veteran leadership.’
    • ‘Her presentation topics have included functional piano, contemporary piano literature and leadership skills.’
    • ‘She believes her leadership style is characterized by fairness, integrity and hard work.’
    • ‘He's also facilitated the promotion of a number of people to leadership positions.’
    • ‘But at the same time he wanted leaders to exercise strong moral leadership.’
    • ‘In recent years, the 64 year-old mother of six took a pivotal community leadership role, promoting reconciliation.’
    • ‘So we should welcome and push for a leadership election campaign as soon as it's feasible.’
    • ‘Teenage clubs would be formed in schools to tackle teenage angst and improve leadership qualities.’
    • ‘The board will provide leadership on national issues that impact our members.’
    • ‘The Greens have been pleased to work with the Government to provide leadership on transport issues.’
    • ‘I ask the Minister why on earth we need good leadership training and planning to be included in legislation.’
    • ‘The survival of a president to provide national leadership is essential to national unity and strong public will.’
    • ‘The report singled out the quality of teaching, leadership and management within the school.’
    • ‘This Government is in a unique position to show leadership in bilingualism.’
    • ‘His maturity and leadership skills are an asset for the club's young offense.’
    • ‘It said a different style of leadership was required, and that it was the right time for a change.’
    • ‘Until your party can offer leadership and be seen to do something principled, you will never reduce your minority.’
    • ‘Without the proper leadership training, these soldiers are being set up for failure.’
    guidance, direction, authority, control, management, superintendence, supervision
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    1. 1.1 The state or position of being a leader.
      ‘the leadership of the party’
      • ‘In 1976 Wilson announced his resignation and Callaghan beat Michael Foot to assume the party leadership and prime ministership.’
      • ‘It was no coincidence that the golden age of British television happened under his leadership.’
      • ‘He resigned the party leadership after the 1972 defeat but remained another 10 years in parliament.’
      • ‘As a liberal, as a progressive, he had risen to a position of leadership in society.’
      • ‘Under his leadership, cancer networks have started to make a real difference.’
      • ‘Under his leadership the school was a place of academic freedom and tolerance.’
      • ‘He supported chartism, though withdrew from a position of leadership in 1839.’
      • ‘Under his leadership, the Foundation has raised more funds this past year than ever before.’
      • ‘Under his leadership, the village gradually developed into an era of full prosperity.’
      • ‘Under his leadership, the Church became immersed in the political struggle against apartheid.’
      • ‘She began to organise these women under her leadership in providing food and temporary shelter.’
      • ‘Martin will likely call an election some time after assuming leadership of the country.’
      • ‘Under her leadership the small department of radiology increased to involve five other radiologists.’
      • ‘The recent bungled challenge to his leadership has been damaging to him and the party.’
      • ‘That also is a very bad way to start off one's leadership in the Labor Party.’
      • ‘People appointed to positions of leadership should not crave power for its own sake.’
      • ‘I'm also motivated by seeing others succeed under my leadership or with my support.’
      • ‘The most diverse range of extreme nationalist groups joined together under their leadership.’
      • ‘What we have in our society is that we like to apportion blame to those in positions of leadership.’
      • ‘More often than not, they assumed a position of leadership within the malebonds, along with the alpha husband.’
      headship, directorship, direction, governorship, governance, administration, jurisdiction, captaincy, superintendency, control, ascendancy, rule, command, power, mastery, domination, dominion, premiership, sovereignty
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    2. 1.2treated as singular or plural The leaders of an organization, country, etc.
      ‘a change of leadership had become desirable’
      • ‘But owing to the erosion of the leaderships ' support bases, these countries entered a vacuum, resulting in regression on all fronts.’
      • ‘The linkage between a tight ruling circle and the military coupled with oil revenues in the successive regimes created authoritarian leaderships.’
      • ‘Don't expect anything better than last season's first-round exit, though, unless the veteran leadership comes through.’
      • ‘The growing support for the protests panicked the government and union leaderships, who began to look for a way to shut down the campaign.’
      • ‘The difficulty with this advice is that it assumes minimally responsible leadership at the federal level.’
      • ‘Local leaderships and administrators everywhere were expected to work in the local language, which implied a lesser role for Russians outside the Russian Republic.’
      • ‘As do an abundance of fellow Americans, I support my country's leadership.’
      • ‘He accused the union leadership of collaborating with management in disciplining casual workers and transferring them.’
      • ‘He described the key to initial success as being the existence of a good working relationship between the respective administrative leaderships.’
      • ‘If the union leadership decides to call a strike, Act 46 requires them to give 48 hours notice.’
      • ‘Still, he made the reservation that he did not attend the talks between the leaderships of the two parliamentary groups and was not authorised to discuss the matter.’
      • ‘I propose a purge of the Democratic party leadership.’
      • ‘Their employment was directly controlled by the top military and political leaderships.’
      • ‘He charged that leadership at the highest levels of the academy implicitly endorses Christianity.’
      • ‘Clearly, the leadership does not understand the need to court public opinion in a democracy.’
      • ‘An upright, strong, willful political leadership is the need of the hour.’
      • ‘Facing those dangers, we can expect no solution from the bureaucratised workers' states and the leaderships that rule over them.’
      • ‘I am rather asserting that the laity feels that church leadership does not know what it is talking about.’
      • ‘He emphasized that the political and administrative leaderships would be clearly distinguished.’
      • ‘The leadership seemed to become increasingly aware that it needed economic reforms.’