Definition of leadership noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈliːdəʃɪp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈliːdərʃɪp//
    Job skills and personal qualities
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  1. 1[uncountable] the state or position of being a leader a leadership contest The party thrived under his leadership. Who will take over the leadership of the club?
  2. 2[uncountable] the ability to be a leader or the qualities a good leader should have leadership qualities/skills Strong leadership is needed to captain the team. Many in the party have criticized his lack of leadership. See related entries: Job skills and personal qualities
  3. 3[countable + singular or plural verb] a group of leaders of a particular organization, etc. The party leadership is/are divided.
  4. Extra examples He lacks leadership qualities. He was praised for his firm leadership. In the crisis he showed real leadership. It’s a crisis that requires strong leadership. Leadership in science is moving east. Leadership in science now went to the United States. Political leadership needs a particular combination of skills. She withstood several challenges to her leadership. The board is extremely weak and has not taken leadership. The movement is deeply divided and lacks clear leadership. The philosophy of the company is that leadership development cannot start early enough. The school has flourished under the leadership of Mr Buxton. There is a leadership vacuum in the party. What is really needed is clear leadership from the president. When Smith died, Blair took over the leadership of the party. her method of asserting personal leadership the army’s senior leadership the hard work of staff and the leadership team the opportunity to strengthen our market leadership He has once again voiced his criticism of the Football Association’s leadership. He played an important role in providing political leadership for the working class. Several opponents have accused her of an authoritarian style of leadership. The announcement was welcomed by the ANC leadership. The media are bound to play a huge role in this leadership campaign. The party leadership is divided. The party thrived under her leadership. There are reported to have been power struggles amongst the hard-line military leadership. There have been disagreements within the leadership of the union. the Communist/​East German/​military leadership
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: leadership