Some people need rules to live by. That is an observable fact. Isn't it? I periodically go through times of wrestling with the concept of leadership. I read something just now that said 'don't complicate life'. Ja well, if life won't complicate itself I'll promise not to complicate it.
The trouble is, leaders and academics tend to be the sort of people that don't like rules. They see them as constraints that interfere with progress. And that is not a bad way to see rules. The problem comes when these people say that everyone must live without rules. Because most people need rules. Some of us get a kick out of thinking 'outside of the box', creatively, laterally, whatever. But some people need the boxes and the boundaries. Most people?
Really, leadership is about bringing together creative thinking and the need for rules. It is not about insisting that the 'masses' learn to think like a creative leader. And this does not mean denigrating the 'masses'. It is process that requires respect and the acknowledgement that those who prefer to be inside the box also have a part to play in progress.