A leader is the one in the charge, the person who convinces other people to follow. A great leader inspires confidence in other people and moves them to action.

A leader is the head guy or gal, the one running the show. The leader of the band calls the shots and sets the tempo for the music. A conductor is the leader of an orchestra; all musicians look to him or her to know when to begin and end playing their instruments. A president is the leader of a country whose decisions make a difference to the whole population. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a leader of the Civil Rights Movement. A leader comes first in line — in a parade or a social system — and gets a lot of attention, but ultimately, a leader needs followers.

Definitions of leader
  1. noun
    a person who rules or guides or inspires others
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    a person who accepts the leadership of another
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    Saddam bin Hussein at-Takriti
    Iraqi leader who waged war against Iran; his invasion of Kuwait led to the Gulf War (born in 1937)
    Judas Maccabaeus
    Jewish leader of a revolt in Judea that recovered Jerusalem around 166 BC; hero of the Apocryphal books I Maccabees and II Maccabees (?-161 BC)
    Ahmad Shah Masoud
    Afghan leader of forces opposed to the Taliban; won fame by successfully resisting the Soviets in the 1980s; was assassinated by men posing as journalists (1953-2001)
    Muammar al-Qaddafi
    Libyan leader who seized power in a military coup d'etat in 1969; deposed the Libyan monarchy and imposed socialism and Islamic orthodoxy on the country (born in 1942)
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    spiritual leader
    a leader in religious or sacred affairs
    aristocrat, blue blood, patrician
    a member of the aristocracy
    someone who assumes leadership of a movement or activity
    the person who convenes a meeting
    captain, chieftain
    the leader of a group of people
    someone who leads the cheers by spectators at a sporting event
    (ancient Greece) leader of a group or festival; leader of a chorus
    civic leader, civil leader
    a leader in municipal affairs
    someone in an official position of authority who can give orders or control others
    Ubermensch, demigod, superman
    a person with great powers and abilities
    a person or firm that employs workers
    a person who holds an important or distinguished position in some organization
    a person who exercises control and makes decisions
    a leader and organizer and spokesman (especially a political leader)
    galvaniser, galvanizer, inspirer
    a leader who stimulates and excites people to action
    someone who shows the way by leading or advising
    a recognized leader in some field or of some movement
    chief, head, top dog
    a person who is in charge
    chief, chieftain, headman, tribal chief
    the head of a tribe or clan
    imam, imaum
    (Islam) the man who leads prayers in a mosque; for Shiites an imam is a recognized authority on Islamic theology and law and a spiritual guide
    initiator, instigator
    a person who initiates a course of action
    labor leader
    a leader of a labor movement
    lawgiver, lawmaker
    a maker of laws; someone who gives a code of laws
    the leader of a town or community in some parts of Asia Minor and the Indian subcontinent
    military leader
    a leader of military forces
    someone who leads astray (often deliberately)
    model, role model
    someone worthy of imitation
    a person distinguished by exceptional courage and nobility and strength
    nationalist leader
    the leader of a nationalist movement
    pied piper
    a leader who entices people to follow (especially to their doom)
    point man
    someone who is the forefront of an important enterprise
    point woman
    a woman who is the forefront of an important enterprise
    pol, political leader, politician, politico
    a person active in party politics
    a leader engaged in civil administration
    presiding officer
    the leader of a group meeting
    puppet leader, puppet ruler
    a leader or ruler who is chosen by a despot to head a government
    religious leader
    leader of a religious order
    the leader of a troop of Scouts
    someone who leads or initiates an activity (attack or campaign etc.)
    strike leader
    someone who leads a strike
    higher-up, superior, superordinate
    one of greater rank or station or quality
    a leader in a campaign or movement
    one who trains other persons or animals
    a leader in name only, without real power or authority
    American Revolutionary leader
    a nationalist leader in the American Revolution and in the creation of the United States
    administrator, executive
    someone who manages a government agency or department
    administrator, decision maker
    someone who administers a business
    a confident assertive person who acts as instigator
    a high-ranking Shiite religious leader who is regarded as an authority on religious law and its interpretation and who has political power as well
    Bart, baronet
    a member of the British order of honor; ranks below a baron but above a knight
    a superior person having claim to precedence
    boss, hirer
    a person responsible for hiring workers
    brahman, brahmin
    a member of a social and cultural elite (especially a descendant of an old New England family)
    campaigner, candidate, nominee
    a politician who is running for public office
    cantor, hazan
    the official of a synagogue who conducts the liturgical part of the service and sings or chants the prayers intended to be performed as solos
    the head of a branch of an organized crime syndicate
    the ecclesiastical title of the leaders of the Nestorian and Armenian churches
    a guide who conducts and informs sightseers
    clergyman, man of the cloth, reverend
    a member of the clergy and a spiritual leader of a Christian church
    coach, handler, manager
    (sports) someone in charge of training an athlete or a team
    a member of the communist party
    the member of a group whose duty it is to convene meetings
    demagog, demagogue, rabble-rouser
    a political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular passions and prejudices
    a member of the Democratic Party
    department head
    the head of a department
    don, father
    the head of an organized crime family
    drug baron, drug lord
    a person who controls an organization dealing in illegal drugs
    (when capitalized) any of the spiritual leaders who are assumed to be authors of the Gospels in the New Testament: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John
    a member of a former political party in the United States that favored a strong centralized federal government
    female aristocrat
    a woman who is an aristocrat
    general, superior general
    the head of a religious order or congregation
    general manager
    the highest ranking manager
    a man of such superior qualities that he seems like a deity to other people
    the head of a state government
    grand dragon
    a high ranking person in the Ku Klux Klan
    a Hindu or Buddhist religious leader and spiritual teacher
    each of the first ten leaders of the Sikh religion
    animal trainer, handler
    one who trains or exhibits animals
    head of household
    the head of a household or family or tribe
    (Your Highness or His Highness or Her Highness) title used to address a royal person
    Indian chief, Indian chieftain
    the leader of a group of Native Americans
    a member of the British Labour Party
    someone who makes or enacts laws
    hack, machine politician, political hack, ward-heeler
    a politician who belongs to a small clique that controls a political party for private rather than public ends
    male aristocrat
    a man who is an aristocrat
    directs the work of others
    city manager, mayor
    the head of a city government
    a woman master who directs the work of others
    apotheosis, ideal, nonesuch, nonpareil, nonsuch, paragon, saint
    model of excellence or perfection of a kind; one having no equal
    someone who presides over a forum or debate
    in the Presbyterian church, the officer who presides over a synod or general assembly
    someone who bolted from the Republican Party during the U.S. presidential election of 1884
    someone who has announced they are not a candidate; especially a politician who has announced that he or she is not a candidate for some political office
    an employer who exploits Italian immigrants in the U.S.
    boss, party boss, political boss
    a leader in a political party who controls votes and dictates appointments
    party liner, party man
    a member of a political party who follows strictly the party line
    title for the heads of the Eastern Orthodox Churches (in Istanbul and Alexandria and Moscow and Jerusalem)
    the supreme war chief of the ancient Britons
    Bishop of Rome, Catholic Pope, Holy Father, Roman Catholic Pope, Vicar of Christ, pontiff, pope
    the head of the Roman Catholic Church
    chair, chairman, chairperson, chairwoman, president
    the officer who leads the meetings of an organization
    non-Christian priest, priest
    a person who performs religious duties and ceremonies in a non-Christian religion
    a male member of a royal family other than the sovereign (especially the son of a sovereign)
    a female member of a royal family other than the queen (especially the daughter of a sovereign)
    (law) one who promulgates laws (announces a law as a way of putting it into execution)
    spiritual leader of a Jewish congregation; qualified to expound and apply Jewish law
    raja, rajah
    a prince or king in India
    ranee, rani
    (the feminine of raja) a Hindu princess or the wife of a raja
    a member of the Republican Party
    a political leader (especially of Tammany Hall)
    a person who is head of an administrative department of government
    Simon Legree, slave driver
    a cruel employer who demands excessive work from the employees
    a political advocate of socialism
    the presiding officer of a deliberative assembly
    an outstanding leader of a political movement
    national leader, solon, statesman
    a man who is a respected leader in national or international affairs
    one who supervises or has charge and direction of
    an advocate of technocracy
    docent, tour guide
    a guide who leads others on a tour
    fashion arbiter, taste-maker, trend-setter
    someone who popularizes a new fashion
    supreme military leader exercising civil power in a region especially one accountable to nobody when the central government is weak
    a member of the Whig Party that existed in the United States before the American Civil War
    Grigori Aleksandrovich Potemkin, Grigori Potemkin, Grigori Potyokin, Potemkin, Potyokin
    a Russian officer and politician who was a favorite of Catherine II and in 1762 helped her to seize power; when she visited the Crimea in 1787 he gave the order for sham villages to be built (1739-1791)
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    individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
    a human being
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    a featured article of merchandise sold at a loss in order to draw customers
    synonyms: drawing card, loss leader
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    an article of merchandise that is displayed or advertised more than other articles
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