primary terminal shoot or trunk of a tree. Large. usually upright stem. A stem that dominates a portion of the crown by suppressing lateral branches.

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
leader (noun)
something that as - leads
a) a primary or terminal shoot of a plant
b) - tendon sinew
c) dots or hyphens (as in an index) used to lead the eye horizontally - ellipsis
d) chiefly British a newspaper editorial
e) (1) something for guiding fish into a trap
(2) a short length of material for attaching the end of a fishing line to a lure or hook
f) - loss leader
g) something that ranks first
h) a blank section at the beginning or end of a reel of film or recorded tape
a person who leads as
a) - guide conductor
b) (1) a person who directs a military force or unit
(2) a person who has commanding authority or influence
c) (1) the principal officer of a British political party
(2) a party member chosen to manage party activities in a legislative body
(3) such a party member presiding over the whole legislative body when the party constitutes a majority
d) (1) - conductor
(2) a first or principal performer of a group
a horse placed in advance of the other horses of a team
leader (Wikipedia)

Leadership is both a research area and a practical skill encompassing the ability of an individual or organization to "lead" or guide other individuals, teams, or entire organizations. Specialist literature debates various viewpoints, contrasting Eastern and Western approaches to leadership, and also (within the West) United States versus European approaches. U.S. academic environments define leadership as "a process of social influence in which a person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task".

Studies of leadership have produced theories involving traits, situational interaction, function, behavior,power, vision and values,charisma, and intelligence, among others.

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