You're right. Humans aren't apes. You're right that, as far as we know, homo sapiens are the only creatures that can conceive of leadership beyond instinct.
That does not mean that we do not deal with that instinctual level. That doesn't meant that some homo sapiens, when rebuffed in their attempts to control others by shouting about the beauty of anarchy, don't climb to some high limb and twitterpate rather than deal out of the more shallow end and use their minds to train themselves for another go at what they want.
I'm not saying anarchy isn't effective. In fact, I think the term is a pretty good descriptor for most of how our relations with each other go down. Anarchy, in fact, does reign as the dominate way in which we relate to each other.
People seek to formalize and choose leaders for when those individual contracts break down to the detriment of non-contractual players (children were likely one of the first non-contractual players) and for when they've got big plans that require a large and disparate group of participants.
I'm not sure where you're going with your encouragement that I conceptualize I was raised to respect authority and that I don't need to. I'm not sure how that leads to not needing a leader.
Frankly, it all sounds a bit like someone who doesn't feel like a leader -- even of himself. Frankly, being raised to respect authority is a nice place to start. Being raised to understand that you and your whims are not all that, is a good place to start. Of course, I don't have to. I always judge, as anyone who is taught to respect authority is. That is inherent in the very definition of respect. Respect means that one discerns and judges that authority. Methinks you confuse being a toady with respect; nothing could be farther from the truth.
When it comes to needing leaders, I can only say that leading oneself is a big job and if that's the end your desires, good on you. Lead yourself well. Lots of other people want to do things that require at least one other, which kinda means we've got to contend with who's better at this part and who's better at that part. Leadership evolves from that. I seek out leaders when I want something I'm not skilled at creating. I think it's the bees knees to find those people and to nurture them to lead me toward my objectives.
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