American English

Definition of leadership noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] the state or position of being a leader a leadership contest The company thrived under his leadership. Who will take over the leadership of the organization?
  2. 2[uncountable] the ability to be a leader or the qualities a good leader should have leadership qualities/skills The organization is in need of strong leadership. Many in Congress have criticized his lack of leadership.
  3. 3[countable] a group of leaders of a particular organization, etc. The party leadership is divided.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: leadership