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[ lee-der-ship ]


  1. 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.

    Synonyms: stewardship, directorship, hegemony, governorship, control, management, administration

  2. ability to lead:

    As early as sixth grade she displayed remarkable leadership potential.

    Synonyms: effectiveness, authoritativeness, clout, sway, command, influence

  3. an act or instance of leading; guidance; direction:

    They prospered under his strong leadership.

  4. the leaders of a group:

    The union leadership agreed to arbitrate.


/ ˈliːdəʃɪp /


  1. the position or function of a leader
  2. the period during which a person occupies the position of leader

    during her leadership very little was achieved

    1. the ability to lead
    2. ( as modifier )

      leadership qualities

  3. the leaders as a group of a party, union, etc

    the union leadership is now very reactionary

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Word History and Origins

Origin of leadership1

First recorded in 1815–25; leader + -ship
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Example Sentences

Finally, the United States should also reassert international leadership on energy innovation.

That assessment, requested by the agency’s previous secretary, didn’t sit well with the new leadership.

From Vox

Top miner BHP Group installed Mike Henry as its new CEO in January, while leadership transitions are seen looming at both Anglo American Plc and Glencore Plc.

From Fortune

According to Ma, without that level of government control, a universal testing scheme needs public trust in local leadership.

From Fortune

Ole Miss linebacker MoMo Sanogo asked in a call with conference leadership before the SEC announced its plan to go forward with games this fall.

In the 90s, it kept gay men out of leadership roles in the Boy Scouts of America.

Several Republicans won primaries in 2014 by running as ideologically pure conservatives who wanted new leadership in the House.

In contrast, Boehner's leadership team filed into his ceremonial office and greeted the teary newly-elected Speaker with hugs.

Police have unions, for one, and those unions influence the elections of their civilian leadership.

But millions of rules result in perpetual error, and, as a terminal side effect, make leadership and accomplishment illegal.

Since the outbreak of the war New York has assumed a position of leadership in international banking.

The courage and persistent hard work of the settlers and the leadership of Captain John Smith were invaluable.

At his death the band divided, different members taking a leadership.

Side by side with tribal and national consolidation went on the growth in leadership.

But a party meeting was called on the 9th of July, and Sir Henry was unanimously confirmed in the leadership.





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