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"leadership" in British English

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leadershipnoun [U]

uk   /ˈliː.də.ʃɪp/  us   /ˈliː.dɚ.ʃɪp/
C1 the set of characteristics that make a good leader: What the company lacks is leadership. He lacks leadership qualities/skills.
C1 the position or fact of being the leader: The group flourished under her firm leadership. R&M gained market leadership (= sold more goods than other companies) by selling products that were of superior quality.
the leadership
C1 the person or people in charge of an organization: There is growing discontent with the leadership. The election for the leadership of the council will take place on Tuesday.

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(Definition of leadership from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"leadership" in American English

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leadershipnoun [U]

 us   /ˈli·dərˌʃɪp/
  • leadership noun [U] (CONTROL)

the quality or ability that makes a person a leader, or the position of being a leader: The company was extremely successful under Murphy’s leadership.
Leadership is also the people who are in charge of a government or group: the Democratic leadership in Congress
(Definition of leadership from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"leadership" in Business English

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leadershipnoun

uk   us   /ˈliːdəʃɪp/
[U] HR, MANAGEMENT the position or fact of being a leader: The company has strong leadership and accountability up and down the line. The hospital excelled financially under her leadership. a leadership role/style/team business/corporate/executive leadership
[U] HR, MANAGEMENT the set of characteristics that makes a good leader: He was fired for his lack of leadership. leadership qualities/skills
[U] MARKETING the position of being a company, product, etc. that is more successful than its competitors: Our people are working together to attain leadership in customer service, quality and financial returns. It is the Marketing Division that grapples with the strategic problem of retaining market share and industry leadership.
the leadership
the person or people in charge of an organization: The new leadership will have complete control over 45,900 employees and a $3.5 billion annual budget. The unions preferred not to alienate the leadership when many of their own policy demands were still under negotiation.
(Definition of leadership from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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