How one behaves and is allowed to behave is determined by the leader at the top. It does not matter if it is in a family, in a business, in politics or in a school. Leadership is critical to the success or failure of ones leaders. Every adult and many students have the opportunity every day to be a leader. How we lead affects everyone directly and indirectly in ways that we don't even know.
I recently read a blog in which the main theme was the very poor leadership that was occurring in a school. It sadly had made the morale of the staff so negative that it was affecting all aspects of their lives. It is very hard to keep a positive attitude when around you is a vacuum of negativity. If the leadership instead empowers you to think creatively, supports your ideas and makes you rise to the challenges the entire structure is strong.
There are all sorts of ways in which to be a leader but great leaders all share characteristics that make them this way. A great leader inspires others to want to work harder. They allow others to do their jobs also encouraging them to keep asking questions and learning. A strong leader inspires those around them to think of problems as opportunities to solve. A great leader does not tolerate behavior that hurts others. They also recognize the achievements both large and small of others in the group. Clear expectations of everyone's behavior, including their own, are critical in great leadership. Essentially a great leader makes the individuals around them be the best that they can be while working together as a collective unit.
I hope for all of us an environment to live in, in which we can be a great leader as well as have great leadership leading us. It is a daunting challenge but one that is essential to our happiness.