A rule is an authoritative statement of what to do or not to do in a specific situation. It clarifies, demarcates or interprets a law or policy. A rule is a statement that establishes a principle or standard and serves as a norm for guiding or mandating action or conduct. Those are the definitions for rule in the businessdictionary.com and I could not say better than this.
Personally, I like environments that are governed by a valuable set of rules because this helps me act correctly after I learn the rules. Knowing the rules gives the basics behavior. Following the rules makes you and the others in the same environment feel comfortable. Breaking the rules displease the others and may put you or the others in danger depending on the environment. There are two reasons why people break rules: not knowing the rules or knowingly disobeying the rules. I read in some article that disobeying the rules creates evolution. Is this true? I wonder if this development is created by the people who doesn’t know the rules or the people that disobey the rules. Maybe the growth is not generated by disobeying the rule but because the changes in the environment a rule may get outdated and a better, up to date rule is necessary.
An environment with a solid set of rules advance faster, finds quickly new rules that updates the rule set. While more people know the rule set they realize faster that some rules needs updates or changes. For this I think that the engine of evolution is not disobeying rules, but knows them, following them, discover faster that a rule is outdated or needs improvement. If more people from the same environment follow the rule set they help each others to find the better rule, so the group evolution depends on how many people follow the rule set.
A group that has a neat rule set becomes more efficient and this leads to innovation. Humans are different, there are social and cultural differences, rules helps us having common grounds of behavior, ensure no one is mistreated, offended or misunderstood and this is the base for a better communication and a good group spirit.
Increased level of communication within group members means people get more efficient in getting things done. Efficiency leads to innovation; I say this again to draw attention to the spiral of growing that is the fundament of human evolution.
Based on those said above, how to create a rule set that helps a group in certain environment to progress faster? How to make sure that you have as much people as possible to know the rules? How do you find out that a rule is outdated or need changes? Those are the questions in my head that made me think to the need of leaders. A good leader need to know this, must be able to create this rule set, endorse it, keep it up to date. Groups are not governed by leaders are governed by rules that leaders are able to create. Being a good leader is about being able to create that rule set to accommodate most people in your group if not everyone.