Mandela as a leader in the ANC was among the many hundreds who were seized and jailed without trial.
He is the fourth leader of the group; his three predecessors died in office.
At the same time, they move him closer to understanding his worth as a hero and his strength as a leader.
Old English lædere "one who leads," agent noun from lædan (see lead (v.)). As a title for the head of an authoritarian state, from 1918 (translating führer, Duce, caudillo, etc.). Meaning "writing or statement meant to begin a discussion or debate" is late 13c.; in modern use often short for leading article (1807) "opinion piece in a British newspaper" (leader in this sense attested from 1837).