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Definition of the noun leadership

What does leadership mean as a name of something?

Leadership is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: leaderships

  1. the activity of leading
    • example: his leadership inspired the team
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of leadership: leading
    • more generic word: activity = any specific behavior
    • more specific terms:
      • helm = a position of leadership
      • lead = a position of being the initiator of something and an example that others will follow
      • trend setting = the initiating or popularizing of a trend or fashion
  2. the body of people who lead a group
    • example: the national leadership adopted his plan
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • synonym of leadership: leaders
    • more generic word: body = a group of persons associated by some common tie or occupation and regarded as an entity
    • more specific terms:
  3. the status of a leader
    • example: they challenged his leadership of the union
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • more generic words: position / status = the relative position or standing of things or especially persons in a society
  4. the ability to lead
    • example: he believed that leadership can be taught
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic words: ability / power = possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done
    • more specific word: generalship = the leadership ability of a military general

Alternative definition of the noun leadership


  1. the capacity of someone to lead
  2. a group of leaders
  3. [dated] The office of a leader.

Specialised definition of the noun leadership

Glossary of sports

position and act of influencing individuals and groups toward set goals due to authority within a social relationship or group (Mark H. Anshel. 1991. Dictionary of the Sport and Exercise Sciences. Human Kinetics Books Champaign, Illinois)


  1. "Leadership" is a book written by Rudolph W. Giuliani about his time as Mayor of New York City and how he cleaned up New York City, reduced crime, and revitalized the economy of the city. Most of the book was written before the September 11, 2001 attacks, though Giuliani did include a section about his experiences that day and how he dealt with the emergency and the cleanup afterwards.
    • authors: Ken Kurson & Rudy Giuliani
    • subjects: September 11 attacks, Terrorism
    • released on (13 years ago)
  2. "Leadership" is a book by Rafik Issa Beekun.
    • also known as "Leadership: an Islamic perspective"
  3. "Leadership" is a book by Raymond E. Foster.
    • genres: Economics, Business
  4. "Leadership" is a book by Marie France Perrin-Jassy.
  5. "Leadership" is a book by William Safire.
    • genre: Reference

There are many other writings with this title.


"Leadership" is an artwork by Roy Thomas.


  1. Leadership has been described as "a process of social influence in which a person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task". For example, some understand a leader simply as somebody whom people follow, or as somebody who guides or directs others, while others define leadership as "organizing a group of people to achieve a common goal".
    • also known as Öncülük, Önderlik, 領袖
  2. Leadership is a daily national newspaper published by Leadership Newspaper Group, based in Abuja, Nigeria. On its website, the paper asserts: "We shall stand up for good governance. We shall defend the interests of the Nigerian state even against its leaders and we shall raise our pen at all times in defence of what is right. These are the values by which we intend to be assessed".
  3. Leadership is a quarterly peer-reviewed academic journal that covers the field of management studies. The founding editors-in-chief were David Collinson and Keith Grint. The current editors of the journal are Brad Jackson and Dennis Tourish. The journal was established in 2005 and is published by Sage Publications.

Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Leadership

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Google previewLeadership is a Matter of Life and Death (2006)

The Psychodynamics of Eros and Thanatos Working in Organisations by A. Carr, C. Lapp

Leadership Is a Matter of Life and Death.

Google previewManaging for Quality in Higher Education

Moral Leadership Needs Leadership is the most important function of management. Moral leadership is the...

Immoral leadership is a sure path to failure and a top research need for the Quality Sciences.

Google previewThe Jossey-Bass Reader on Educational Leadership (2012)

by Jossey-Bass Publishers

Leadership is an identifiable set of skills and practices that are available to all of us, not just a few charismatic men and...



Undoubtedly, Leadership is the most talked and written about subject in various disciplines: History, Sociology, Psychology, Religion and importantly in the...

Google previewUnderstanding College and University Organization (2012)

Theories for Effective Policy and Practice by James L. Bess, Jay R. Dee

Leadership is the process by which one individual consistently exerts more influence than others in the carrying out of group...

Google previewPrinciples Of Management (2008)

by Tripathi

According to Peter Drucker,2 "Leadership is the lifting of man's visions to higher sights, the raising of man's performance to a higher standard, the building of man's personality beyond its normal limitations." Alford and Beatty3 define leadership ...

Google previewOrganization and Management (1982)

by R.D. Agarwal

Leadership is an important ingredient in managing. A manager cannot...

Google previewDemocratic Political Process (2009)

Eisenhawler asserts: " Leadership is the ability to decide what is...

Franklin Haiman opines: " Leadership refers to the process by which an individual directs, guides, influences, ...

Google previewCultivating Leader Identity and Capacity in Students from Diverse Backgrounds (2013)

ASHE Higher Education Report, 39:4 by Kathy L. Guthrie, Tamara Bertrand Jones, Laura Osteen, Shouping Hu

As presentedin the introduction, the definitionof leadership guiding this monographis: leadershipisan activityto mobilize adaptivework (Heifetz,1994; Heifetz &Linsky, 2002). Adaptive leadership is the process of comingto understand andsolve ...

Google previewThe John Adair Lexicon of Leadership (2011)

The Definitive Guide to Leadership Skills and Knowledge by John Adair

The Definitive Guide to Leadership Skills and Knowledge John Adair. Tough but fair ○○ The combination of toughness – or demandingness – and fairness has emerged in industry during the past 10 years as a desirable quality. 'From the last ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Governance (2006)

by Mark Bevir

Leadership is a multidisciplinary concept. The foremost academic journal on the topic, The Leadership Quarterly, asserts that it is an international journal of the political, social, and behavioral sciences, indicating the breadth of the disciplinary ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Sex and Gender (2003)

Men and Women in the World's Cultures Topics and Cultures A-K - Volume 1; Cultures L-Z - by Carol R. Ember, Melvin Ember

Leadership refers to public power, that is, positions people hold in organizations and society which provide them means to use power over other individuals, groups, and organizations. Leadership is defined as personal influence over other ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Distance Learning (2005)

by Howard, Caroline

Leadership. Competency. in. Virtual. Teams. L L L L Leadership in Technology Integration L Learning-by-Doing. Deborah Petska Northrop Grumman Information Technology, USA Zane Berge University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology (2011)

by Shane J. Lopez

transformational leadership or job enrichment). An outcome domain refers to the positive results organizations seek to elicit from ...

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Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked leadership is defined by results not attributes. (Peter Drucker)
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The value of this 10-letter word is 16 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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