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[lee-der-ship] /ˈli dərˌʃɪp/
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.
Origin of leadership
1815-25; leader + -ship Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The only leadership that is shown by energy conglomerates is to sustain the corporate structure not our energy needs.
  • Progress was not attained by new departures, by sudden originalities, or by deliberate leadership on new ways.
  • In the meantime a change was taking place in the personnel of political leadership.
  • In a related quality-a defect-his leadership is even more conspicuous.
  • Personal freedoms were surrendered, creativity and risk-taking never flourished, the leadership seemed to lurk behind every tree.
  • Strategic leadership sets the vision and goals for an entire organization.
  • But it warned that the board's poor leadership could eventually harm the system's bond rating and threaten its accreditation.
  • It's another good model for university leadership and their communications staff.
  • Expeditions under her leadership have made several important discoveries about early human ancestors and other ancient mammals.
  • However, there was increasingly conflict within the movement's leadership.
British Dictionary definitions for leadership


the position or function of a leader
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
the leaders as a group of a party, union, etc: the union leadership is now very reactionary
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for leadership

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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