Pronunciation: (lē'dur-ship"), [key]
1. the position or function of a leader: He managed to maintain his leadership of the party despite heavy opposition.
2. ability to lead: She displayed leadership potential.
3. an act or instance of leading; guidance; direction: They prospered under his leadership.
4. the leaders of a group: The union leadership agreed to arbitrate.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.