"Who dares wins" is the motto of the British Special Air Service—SAS—Her Majesty's elite military unit. This call to action is not just applicable to special operations warriors; it succinctly articulates the key difference between those of extraordinary achievement and the masses who navigate life with nary a ripple. In my experience, this willingness to put it on the line is a much greater indicator of success than the more conventional qualities of intelligence, dedication, and attention to detail.
Perhaps the ratio is correct—the workforce can only sustain a small number of trailblazing entrepreneurs, innovators, and leaders. After all, the majority of the rewards and accolades accrue to them. I submit that you might want to consider joining that first group and create an environment that fosters risk-taking and innovation from those you lead. The rewards for successfully making the leap are nothing short of extraordinary.