The Roles of Parent, Teacher, & Leader
There are three subject or initiating roles that are learned in the family: parent, teacher, and leader. These roles set the standard for leadership in society. Parents have the greatest responsibility and are the natural leaders in the family. They are also natural teachers, by their words and example. The care, investment, and sacrifice that are cultivated in the parent's realm of heart form the ethical foundation for all people who are entrusted with a leadership role.
Parents are the subjects in the realm of love, teachers are subjects in the realm of truth, and leaders are subjects in the realm of achievement. Parental love shapes the children's hearts and characters. The role of teachers is to impart practical knowledge and help their students learn right from wrong. The role of leaders is to create an environment in which we can accomplish things, prosper, and achieve our potential.
The roles of parent, teacher, and leader are linked together. Businesspeople should show love and concern for their employees and teach them, with a parental heart, how to be successful. Teachers create a caring environment in their classroom through their parental heart, guiding their students through their words and example. Leaders initiate, guide, and make plans. Good leaders recognize the impact of their personal example and strive to raise people up through their expression of the heart.
These standards apply to parents, teachers, and leaders at any level. Each of us is connected with other people in a variety of ways. People look up to us in some kind of subject role, whether as a parent, a teacher, a leader, or a mentor. As we fulfill these subject roles, we help shape civil society.
Parents pass their moral values on to their children. These ethical standards guide relationships in the family and can be applied to all aspects of society. Such ethics relate to both the vertical and horizontal axes. For example, the family is where we learn how to balance private and public ownership of things. Sharing and caring for both personal and communal belongings is taught in the family, as well as respecting the rights and property of others. True family values provide the foundation for a balanced social and economic understanding and practice. This transcends the ills spawned by the excesses of extreme capitalism and extreme collectivism.
In the family, harmonious relationships among equals are formed centering on parental authority. The same skills that create harmony among family members with differing personalities are useful in creating cooperative social relationships. This can help to alleviate the problems of liberal democracies, where our relationships are often overwhelmed by unbridled competitiveness in the realms of politics and business.