Teachers are peacemakers. That may or may not be a no-brainer to you. Recently I’ve been reexamining that after a conversation with a colleague. It’s difficult if not impossible to teach someone who is resistant. You can’t fill a jar with the lid on.
Therefore teaching is more about relationships than anything else. it follows too that leadership is about relationships too. Force causes resistance. There is a Tao of leadership and teaching.
“Hence the sage is able to accomplish his great achievements. It is through his not making himself great that he can.”
The Peace Pole pictured above at St. Bonaventure University reminded me once again of the centrality of relationship and peace to the educational process.