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leadership

[lee-der-ship] /ˈli dərˌʃɪp/
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.
2.
ability to lead:
As early as sixth grade she displayed remarkable leadership potential.
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 of leadership
1815-1825
1815-25; leader + -ship
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leadership

/ˈliːdəʃɪp/
noun
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.
  1. the ability to lead
  2. (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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Word Origin and History for leadership
n.

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

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