1(noun) The capacity or power to convince others to act.

Example: A charismatic leader charms followers into action.

2. (noun) The person or group designated to lead.

Example: Captains on a football team or administrators in a bureaucracy.

3. (noun) The period of time a person or groups leads.

Example: The reign of a chief or king.

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How to Cite the Definition of Leadership

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “leadership.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved June 27, 2019 (http://sociologydictionary.org/leadership/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

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

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

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “leadership.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed June 27, 2019. http://sociologydictionary.org/leadership/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“leadership.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 27 Jun. 2019. <http://sociologydictionary.org/leadership/>.