Your PhD advisor, committee chair, supervisor or mentor are your guides into the club of PhD holders. They are the ones who are going to introduce you to the rest of us. They are there to ensure that you conduct proper research, that it is properly formatted and acceptable. Naturally, each person has their "little ways" and like anything else there are good and there are bad. However, this is the top of the academic heap and they are there to be your academic guides.

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It is like going to your first formal social event and you are dressed in your finest; tuxedo and not blue jeans, a formal full-length dress, not a tank top. They are there to announce you to all those others who are gathered at that social event and to make sure that you partake of the party favorites and drink the party champagne properly.