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Definitions of Leader

  1. (noun) An individual that guides or leads.
  2. (noun) An individual in charge or in command of other people.
  3. (noun) An individual with the power to influence others.

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Leader Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: lead·er

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /lEE-duhr/
  • British English – /lEE-duh/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈlidər/
  • British English – /ˈliːdə/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: leaders
  • A type of individual.
  • Types:
    • authoritarian leader
    • democratic leader
    • expressive leader
    • instrumental leader
    • laissez-faire leader
  • A leader (verb) leads through (noun) leadership and the followers of leaders are (verb) led.

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Works Consulted

Henslin, James M. 2012. Sociology: A Down-to-Earth Approach. 10th ed. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

Kimmel, Michael S., and Amy Aronson. 2012. Sociology Now. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

Merriam-Webster. (N.d.) Merriam-Webster Dictionary. (http://www.merriam-webster.com/).

Oxford University Press. (N.d.) Oxford Dictionaries. (https://www.oxforddictionaries.com/).

Stolley, Kathy S. 2005. The Basics of Sociology. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.

Tischler, Henry L. 2011. Introduction to Sociology. 10th ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Wikipedia contributors. (N.d.) Wiktionary, The Free Dictionary. Wikimedia Foundation. (http://en.wiktionary.org).

Cite the Definition of Leader

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “leader.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved May 23, 2024 (https://sociologydictionary.org/leader/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

leader. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/leader/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “leader.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed May 23, 2024. https://sociologydictionary.org/leader/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“leader.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 23 May. 2024. <https://sociologydictionary.org/leader/>.