A teacher has to be a leader for their students, but also a follower of the lineage. There needs to be a willingness to lead and to sacrifice. A teacher has to come from a place of love and willingness to lift others.
In all our life's experiences there is one underlying commonality that moves through everyone, whether we are at the beginning or end of our life. The undercurrent of life is connection. It is the vital fluid that keeps all relationships, regardless of their depth or duration, salient and purposeful.