What does leadership mean?

Definitions for leadership
ˈli dərˌʃɪplead·er·ship

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. leadership, leadingnoun

    the activity of leading

    "his leadership inspired the team"

  2. leadership, leadersnoun

    the body of people who lead a group

    "the national leadership adopted his plan"

  3. leadershipnoun

    the status of a leader

    "they challenged his leadership of the union"

  4. leadershipnoun

    the ability to lead

    "he believed that leadership can be taught"


  1. Leadershipnoun

    The quality of character and personality giving a person the ability to gain the confidence of and lead others; as, Washington's leadership was indispensible to success of the American Revolution.

  2. Leadershipnoun

    The people who serve as leaders of a group; as, the party leadership was in disarray after the election.


  1. leadershipnoun

    the capacity of someone to lead

  2. leadershipnoun

    a group of leaders

  3. leadershipnoun

    The office or status of a leader.


  1. Leadership

    Leadership, both as a research area and as a practical skill, encompasses the ability of an individual, group or organization to "lead", influence or guide other individuals, teams, or entire organizations. The word "leadership" often gets viewed as a contested term. Specialist literature debates various viewpoints on the concept, sometimes contrasting Eastern and Western approaches to leadership, and also (within the West) North American versus European approaches. U.S. academic environments define leadership as "a process of social influence in which a person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common and ethical task". Basically, leadership can be defined as an influential power-relationship in which the power of one party (the "leader") promotes movement/change in others (the "followers"). Some have challenged the more traditional managerial views of leadership (which portray leadership as something possessed or owned by one individual due to their role or authority), and instead advocate the complex nature of leadership which is found at all levels of institutions, both within formal and informal roles.Studies of leadership have produced theories involving (for example) traits, situational interaction, function, behavior, power, vision and values, charisma, and intelligence, among others.


  1. leadership

    Leadership is the ability or process of guiding, influencing, and directing a group or individuals towards achieving a common goal or objective. This often involves decision-making, strategy planning, motivating others and building a conducive environment for growth and success. Leadership can be exhibited in various fields such as business, politics, community development, and can be characterized by qualities such as empathy, resilience, vision, communication skills, and integrity.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Leadershipnoun

    the office of a leader


  1. Leadership

    Leadership has been described as “a process of social influence in which one person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task". Other in-depth definitions of leadership have also emerged. Leadership is "organizing a group of people to achieve a common goal". The leader may or may not have any formal authority. Studies of leadership have produced theories involving traits, situational interaction, function, behavior, power, vision and values, charisma, and intelligence, among others. Somebody whom people follow: somebody who guides or directs others.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Leadership

    The function of directing or controlling the actions or attitudes of an individual or group with more or less willing acquiescence of the followers.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. leadership

    The state or condition of a leader.

Editors Contribution

  1. leadership

    The ability, feeling, knowing and understanding a person has to see the vision, unite a team, lead the team, cocreate, direct and manage the vision we choose, using a budget, goals, legislation, objectives, plans, processes, procedures, rules, strategy, structure, systems

    Leadership recognizes that we are a team and ensures we all work together with a spirit of unity and inclusion

    Submitted by MaryC on April 10, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'leadership' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2114

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'leadership' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4390

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'leadership' in Nouns Frequency: #941

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of leadership in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of leadership in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of leadership in a Sentence

  1. Daniel Kurtzer:

    Traditionally, the Israeli public has been very sensitive to how the relationship is going and how well the Israeli leadership is managing that relationship.

  2. Josef Joffe:

    You've had deadly crises in Europe from day one and we've overcome them. However we always had one crisis at a time. Today we have about five, from Brexit to ISIS and everything in between, in the past we had leadership. Today we are facing overwhelming demands on leadership and we are delivering less of it.

  3. Tristen Vance:

    I have been working my whole life towards a dream to play professionally. Missing this season puts those dreams in jeopardy, trump's failure of leadership is why we can't play right now. I don't blame President Trump for the virus, but I 100 % blame President Trump for the virus for the response to the virus.

  4. Rex Elsass:

    He's somebody who speaks to the heart of people, and has a leadership quality and a charisma that would be an incredible asset to anybody who was the nominee.

  5. Jim Yong Kim:

    We had no idea how quickly this [fund] would build, i really have to say that Ivanka's leadership has been tremendous.

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