Leadership is the action of leading a group of people. Or, the actual people who lead the group.

If you think you have leadership skills, you better be able to rally the troops and get the job done. Leadership can be the act of leading, or a name for the group of people doing the leading. The House leadership, newly emboldened by election results, may set an ambitious agenda for the new session of Congress. Your own leadership skills may be called into question if your entire staff resigns and goes to work for your competitor.

Definitions of leadership
  1. noun
    the status of a leader
    “they challenged his leadership of the union”
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    type of:
    position, status
    the relative position or standing of things or especially persons in a society
  2. noun
    the ability to lead
    “he believed that leadership can be taught”
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    the leadership ability of a military general
    type of:
    ability, power
    possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done
  3. noun
    the body of people who lead a group
    “the national leadership adopted his plan”
    synonyms: leaders
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    the leadership of the Roman Catholic Church
    high command, supreme headquarters
    the highest leaders in an organization (e.g. the commander-in-chief and senior officers of the military)
    SHAPE, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe
    the supreme headquarters that advises NATO on military matters and oversees all aspects of the Allied Command Europe
    type of:
    a group of persons associated by some common tie or occupation and regarded as an entity
  4. noun
    the activity of leading
    “his leadership inspired the team”
    synonyms: leading
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    a position of leadership
    a position of leadership (especially in the phrase `take the lead')
    trend setting
    the initiating or popularizing of a trend or fashion
    type of:
    any specific behavior
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