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Definitions of Leadership

  1. (noun) The capacity or power to convince others to act.
  2. (noun) The individual or group that is designated to lead.
  3. (noun) The period of time an individual or group leads.

Examples of Leadership

  • Definition 1:
  • Definition 2:
    • Captains on a football team.
    • Administrators in a bureaucracy.
  • Definition 3:
    • The reign of a chief or king.

Types of Leadership

Leadership Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: lead·er·ship

Audio Pronunciation

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– British English

Phonetic Spelling

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

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /ˈlidərˌʃɪp/
  • British English – /ˈliːdəʃɪp/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: leaderships
  • A (noun) leader (verb) leads through leadership.

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Works Consulted

Branscombe, Nyla R., and Robert A. Baron. 2017. Social Psychology. 14th ed. Harlow, England: Pearson.

Macmillan. (N.d.) Macmillan Dictionary. (https://www.macmillandictionary.com/).

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

O’Leary, Zina. 2007. The Social Science Jargon Buster: The Key Terms You Need to Know. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

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

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

Cite the Definition of Leadership

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “leadership.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved May 23, 2024 (https://sociologydictionary.org/leadership/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

leadership. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/leadership/

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

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “leadership.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed May 23, 2024. https://sociologydictionary.org/leadership/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“leadership.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 23 May. 2024. <https://sociologydictionary.org/leadership/>.