I think I see some of myself in this. I know that a definite lack of autonomy (being micro-managed) really chafes me. I don’t think I’m alone here.
I can also say that, for me, having a lot of autonomy makes not being the one in charge ok. The Atlantic approaches this from a research point of view. With a perspective on leadership this says to me that those places where collaborative relationships can replace hierarchy should see a boost in satisfaction and productivity for “free.”