This awkward phrase leads folks far astray down the leeward way. It also makes editors and English teachers want to get the lead out - for real.
Although it’s charitable to give a person the benefit of the doubt, there really is no such way as giving leadway. It’s not about giving someone the lead, as when we might offer someone a head start or a boost.
The correct expression is giving leeway. It means to allow extra freedom, room to move, or time to achieve a desired goal.
Giving leeway can spell smart leadership.
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