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take the helm

To take charge; to become or assume the role of the leader (of something). The phrase originated as a nautical term, meaning "to steer a ship." Jack has taken the helm, so I know they'll get this project done on time! Nancy took the helm of our department so long ago that I can't imagine what it will be like once she retires!
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take (over) the ˈhelm

take control of an organization, etc. from another person: When Mr Davies retired, his daughter took the helm.
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The young man took the helm, felt to see if the vessel answered the rudder promptly and seeing that, without being a first-rate sailer, she yet was tolerably obedient, --
We had slightly reduced our speed with the dawning of a sense of security, but now I took the helm once more and pulled the noble little engine wide open, so that again we raced north at terrific velocity.
The Z3, which is designed for Indonesia but will likely be introduced in other emerging markets later, is the first new BlackBerry phone since chief executive John Chen took the helm of the crisis-hit company in November.
When Champ Mitchell took the helm as chairman and CEO of Herndon, Virginia-based Network Solutions in 2001, the company was known not for its domain name registration and Web services, but for its poor customer service.
Jones took the helm of Norfolk's public schools in July after an exhaustive search to replace former superintendent John O.
Spisak, who has served as ASC's deputy director since 2002, took the helm as the organization's first civilian director.
Franklin intentionally mixed the sacred and the secular, a common practice now, but in 1946 when he took the helm of New Bethel Baptist Church on Hastings Street in Detroit, where he remained for 33 years, he was a man before his time.
When [he] took the helm of NRB in 2003, he recognized the still untapped power of an association of 1,600 organizations," the magazine noted.
A FORMER principal with Dance Theatre of Harlem, Brown already faced a host of challenges when she took the helm of OB in 2000.
Established in 1972, Gould took the helm of BRT Realty Trust in 1984 and has subsequently grown the company into one of the nation's leading resources for short-term loans on income-producing properties.
The new management team took the helm 18 months ago and has done a remarkable job," comments Bill Alexander Sr.
Partner David Daly, who recently took the helm at DLE Birmingham, said: 'The potential of increased reach and skill and knowledge base will be key to our future growth.
When Lawrence Bossidy took the helm at Honeywell, the company was in the midst of chaos.
Last spring after retiring from his English teaching duties, he took the helm at Catholic Central High School in Burlington, and his Hilltoppers finished the season as the second ranked school in the state.
Coach Kim Bowley, who only took the helm during the summer, has left the club along with Chris Brown and Vince Davies.