In Seth Godin's recent blog post Confusing obedience with self-control he spoke of the value of obedience. He also stated that, “obedience transforms into self-control. That at some point, people start obeying themselves and become leaders.”
In other words, to be a leader, you must think for yourself and be obedient to what you know is correct. Your creativity and ideas should be your guide as you understand and comply with others such as your employer and civil authorities for the common good. In short, we must not confuse self-control with mindless adherence.