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1. Leadership style in which a male leader uses his power to control, protect, punish, and reward in return for obedience and loyalty from his employees, followers, or subordinates.
2. Acting like a father towards those who are not one's children to promote their well being, or protect them from harm. As a behavior pattern it may or may not be justified under the circumstances, and may be a violation of a moral rule of conduct when it limits an adult's right for self-determination.
3. Government policy or practice of using laws or other interventionist devices (such as high taxes on alcohol and tobacco, minimum age requirements for drinking, driving, gambling, and requirement of medical prescription for habit-forming or narcotic drugs) to save its citizens from self-inflicted harm or uncaring, unscrupulous traders.
State paternalism (specially when implemented in a heavy handed manner) routinely raises the idea of conflict between government's legitimate purpose of ensuring its citizens' well being and the citizens' legitimate right to personal liberty and self-determination.

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There can be a strong paternalism with some people at your office and you need to try to make sure they are happy.
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I did not realize my manager practiced paternalism and would take advantage of all the workers on the floor and make them angry.
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Some people work best when things are like a family and a strong paternalism in the group will make them more comfortable.
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