- the position or function of a leader, a person who guides or directs a group: He managed to maintain his leadership of the party despite heavy opposition.
- ability to lead: As early as sixth grade she displayed remarkable leadership potential.
- an act or instance of leading; guidance; direction: They prospered under his strong leadership.
- the leaders of a group: The union leadership agreed to arbitrate.
Origin of leadership
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- the position or function of a leader
- the period during which a person occupies the position of leaderduring her leadership very little was achieved
- the ability to lead
- (as modifier)leadership qualities
- the leaders as a group of a party, union, etcthe union leadership is now very reactionary
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Word Origin and History for leader-ship
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