The entrepreneur is never really concerned with authority; he’s concerned with success. When someone brings up “authority” (as in “so and so has a problem with authority”), they almost never really mean authority. Genuine authority is an expression of superior capability or competence, as in “Bob is an authority on grammar” (Power is likewise an oft-confused concept that never actually needs refer to itself at all.). So what do most people mean by the canard of “authority”? They mean a system in which pride takes precedence over competence and capability – it’s a system that is essentially pro-job and anti-work. This is why functional teams, in contrast to dysfunctional ones, distribute roles without compensating by centralizing “authority”: they’re based on the assumption that responsibility without control is the death of effective work groups. The only reason it’s hard to see how such a team works, is that most people have never seen such a team. We did it that way at MYTHOLOG for five years, and it was exceedingly effective. Decentralization, then, is one of the key traits of success, and the entrepreneur is the ultimate expression of both.