the position of head or chief; chief authority; leadership; supremacy.

1575–85; head + -ship

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headship (ˈhɛdʃɪp)
1.  the position or state of being a leader; command; leadership
2.  (Brit) education the position of headmaster or headmistress of a school

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Findings indicate that education, age, and household headship were all positively related to employment.
Many of these serving principals lack basic management training prior to and after their entry into headship.
Perhaps of more importance is to examine the challenging role of contemporary headship.
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