We live in a world where “innovators” and “disruptors” are glorified, but no company (or society) could perform if such individuals make up the bulk. In fact, for any system to function, a majority of its people need to simply FOLLOW rules.
Followership is needed just as much as leadership is. Followers are the ones who are motivated, not just by “spotlight”, but also by the idea of actually “delivering value”.
While many organizations say they need originals and rule-breakers, they also require people who would gladly do just what they’re told. A large number of companies actually need compliant and nonchalant employees, rather than brilliant but difficult ones.