Understand how leadership in the House of Representatives and in the Senate differ.
leader of House of Reps is Speaker of the House - recognized in constitution and stands 2nd in line for presidency after VP, has more power and influence in the legislative branch than any other rep or senator
majority party in house selects a leader to help Speaker and a whip (keeps members informed, counts votes, etc)
minority party in house elects a leader who acts as chief spokesperson and legislative strategist for opposition
Senate majority leader is as close as one comes to a leader in this body but the powers of the office pale before those of Speaker. Power of position is personal and not institutional and not cannot be passed from leader to leader