Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The position or office of a leader: ascended to the leadership of the party.
  • n. Capacity or ability to lead: showed strong leadership during her first term in office.
  • n. A group of leaders: met with the leadership of the nation's top unions.
  • n. Guidance; direction: The business prospered under the leadership of the new president.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the capacity of someone to lead
  • n. a group of leaders
  • n. The office or status of a leader.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The office, position or function of a leader.
  • n. The quality of character and personality giving a person the ability to gain the confidence of and lead others.
  • n. The people who serve as leaders of a group.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The office of a leader; guidance; control.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the ability to lead
  • n. the body of people who lead a group
  • n. the status of a leader
  • n. the activity of leading

Etymologies

From leader +‎ -ship. (Wiktionary)

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