Yes, in the context of the hour-long class meeting twice per week for three months. No, in the context of life.
My boss is my boss, always, never my friend.
We are equals in worth, we are temporarily playing different roles in the context of a single class.
Most of the time, the tutor is the person selling their services and the student is the customer.
So much for buying into it!
Yes, some people do prefer an authoritarian process. Not sure the relevance of this.
Ruhi tutors have no authority in the Baha'i Faith.
There is no point in taking a course led by someone, if one doesn't believe that said leader is an authority on the matter!
The difference is, in the Baha'i Faith, the door to authorized interpretation is firmly closed until the next Manifestation in 800+ years. I can't think of any other religion where that is the case. It's basically a religious version of "separation of powers" - a true innovation and one I believe is a perfect match for the coming of age of humanity.
There simply are no gurus in the Baha'i Faith, other than Baha'u'llah and Abdu'l-Baha - so essentially no gurus for the last century, and none to come in the future.