authority figure

noun
a person whose real or apparent authority over others inspires or demands obedience and emulation: Parents, teachers, and police officers are traditional authority figures for children.
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authority figure au·thor·i·ty figure (ə-thôr'ĭ-tē, ô-thôr'-)
n.
A real or projected person in a position of power.

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Example sentences
If you study a pack of dogs, the first authority figure is the mom, and the mom
  does pin the puppies down.
Even today, the teacher is still an authority figure.
Most prison movies have a monster authority figure, and so does this film.
Untrained for such contingencies, this would-be authority figure wants to
  perform properly but simply has no idea of what to do.
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