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.
Audio Pronunciation: (lead·er·ship)
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- Plural: leaderships
- A (noun) leader (verb) leads through leadership.
- Word origin of “leadership” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
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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 January 23, 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 January 23, 2019. http://sociologydictionary.org/leadership/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“leadership.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 23 Jan. 2019. <http://sociologydictionary.org/leadership/>.