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Basic Leadership: increases your hero's troops' morale by 1.
Advanced Leadership: increases your hero's troops' morale by 2.
Expert Leadership: increases your hero's troops' morale by 3.

Leadership is a secondary skill, that increases the morale of creatures in hero's army.

Classes unable to learn Leadership skill:

(They can only acquire the skill from Scholars, Witch Huts (if allowed by a map-maker), Seer's Huts, Events or Pandora's Boxes).

Heroes with Basic Leadership as a starting skill:

Chance to get[edit]

Out of total 112 for Shadow of Death, and of (112 + Interference chance) for Horn of the Abyss Horn of the Abyss.
Banned skills change the probability.

Town Class Chance to learn
Castle  Knight  10 (highest)
Castle  Cleric   2
Rampart  Ranger   6
Rampart  Druid   2
Tower  Alchemist   3
Tower  Wizard   4
Inferno  Demoniac   3
Inferno  Heretic   2
Necropolis  Death Knight   0 (impossible)
Necropolis  Necromancer   0 (impossible)
Dungeon  Overlord   8
Dungeon  Warlock   3
Stronghold  Barbarian   5
Stronghold  Battle Mage   4
Fortress  Beastmaster   5
Fortress  Witch   1
Conflux  Planeswalker   3
Conflux  Elementalist   3
Cove Horn of the Abyss     Captain   6
Cove Horn of the Abyss     Navigator   2
Factory Horn of the Abyss     Mercenary   5
Factory Horn of the Abyss     Artificer   2


Artifacts on the adventure map may be restricted to only be able to be picked up by heroes who have the Leadership skill. When attempting to get the artifact with a hero without the skill, the following message will be displayed:

You've come across the spartan quarters of a retired soldier. The soldier tells you that he is willing to pass on the <artifact name> to the first true leader he meets.

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Some may find the information in this section subjective or irrelevant.

Whether to use Leadership or not, depends of a map. If it is fully dedicated to one faction (Tower, Inferno, Stronghold), or if there is only one player on it, Leadership is not the most important skill, as in most cases, you'll have positive morale, because all your troops are from the same town. On a map with many types of towns, it works, especially when you capture a Necropolis and summon undead who decrease morale (pity that Leadership is completely unavailable for Necropolis heroes, therefore summoned troops from other towns will have bad morale - unless a Death Knight or Necromancer gets Leadership on the map, e.g. in a Witch Hut; and during a siege, Tavern will help even in Necropolis). Aside from Necropolis, the town for which Leadership is the least important is Conflux as Elementals are immune to morale.

Leadership is a mediocre secondary skill, which is not among the worst skills but not among the best either. Although an extra attack turn in combat round due to a high morale for the right creatures stack can swing the odds in a battle, getting the extra attacks is a just over 10% chance at best. It sees better use in the hands of Heroes leading mixed armies or any other situations where gaining high morale is for whatever reason a problem (which is almost never the case on pre-generated maps).

Things that ruin Leadership

See also: