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leadership

[ lee-der-ship ]
/ ˈli dərˌʃɪp /
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noun

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.

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Origin of leadership

First recorded in 1815–25; leader + -ship
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British Dictionary definitions for leadership

leadership
/ (ˈliːdəʃɪp) /

noun

the position or function of a leader
the period during which a person occupies the position of leaderduring her leadership very little was achieved
  1. the ability to lead
  2. (as modifier)leadership qualities
the leaders as a group of a party, union, etcthe union leadership is now very reactionary
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