leader-ship

leadership

[lee-der-ship]
noun
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. administration, management, directorship, control, governorship, stewardship, hegemony.
2.
ability to lead: As early as sixth grade she displayed remarkable leadership potential. authoritativeness, influence, command, effectiveness; sway, clout.
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.

Origin:
1815–25; leader + -ship

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leadership (ˈliːdəʃɪp)
 
n
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
3.  a.  the ability to lead
 b.  (as modifier): leadership qualities
4.  the leaders as a group of a party, union, etc: the union leadership is now very reactionary

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leadership
1821, "position of a leader," from leader + -ship. Sense extended by late 19c. to "characteristics necessary to be a leader."
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