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: the office or position of a leader
recently assumed the leadership of the company
: capacity to lead
a politician who lacks leadership
: the act or an instance of leading
leadership molds individuals into a team— Harold Koontz & Cyril O'Donnell
the party leadership
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1765, in the meaning defined at sense 1
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More Definitions for leadership
: a position as a leader of a group, organization, etc.
: the time when a person holds the position of leader
: the power or ability to lead other people
See the full definition for leadership in the English Language Learners Dictionary
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