The teacher must create an environment in which the student can learn — which is simple, direct and honest. A true life learning. You can’t push information into an unwilling brain. There’s no such thing as teaching. Only learning. Your style of leadership will be one of the most important choices you will make — the measure of control over who you are and what sort of character you embody. Focus on the things that make a difference and work on them as hard as you can. Be consistent in everything you do; in a quote from the Greek philosopher Plutarch, ‘The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be lighted.’ I believe that compliance alone is not sufficient for outstanding performance. Blind obedience is not pleasurable nor does it produce a sense of accomplishment. […] If we give everyone we come in contact with the freedom to choose an outcome while encouraging the person to be aware of the responsibilities, then the individual will learn to make better choices, and if we earn trust and accept our responsibilities, then we take a giant step toward creating successful relationships. Removing responsibility and tightening control directly reduce the learning process. If we trust others because we have caused them to trust us we have completed the circle necessary for exemplary communication.