Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

lead the charge

lead the charge
Meaning(s)
1) accept or take responsibility for dealing with a situation
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional LowSocial
    • lead the charge for reform
  • Analysis
    This expression, which alludes to being in a position at the front of a mass of troops rushing towards the enemy in battle, is used figuratively to refer to someone or something at the forefront of a concerted effort to achieve a difficult task or goal. Those 'leading the charge' are the first to be exposed to risk and danger, and their example is designed to motivate and inspire others to follow. It is most commonly used in a professional context where the concept of leading your department, company, or industry towards a certain goal or direction is quite prevalent.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. The CEO used her speech to promise that her organization would use its power and influence to lead the charge against climate change.
    2. I will not be a passive manager, in fact I plan to lead the charge to modernize the business's technology products and services.
    3. My new role entails leading the charge on finding new growth opportunities and strategic partnerships to help expand the company.
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. Grassroots activists lead the charge towards equality in their communities.
    2. Nobody wants to be the one to lead the charge against dangerous gang crime for fear of violence and even death.
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