The biggest enemy of innovation in schools is hierarchy. Strict leadership and decision making protocols communicate to teachers that their contributions are not valued or trusted, and that the system is more important than the individuals within it. A strategic reduction of hierarchy in schools, resulting in a flattened organizational culture that provides greater autonomy and distributed leadership can be transformative. This is not to advocate for a reduction in teacher accountability. Organizational hierarchies in the learning setting are usually about control, not ensuring learning quality. A student-centred education in the 21st century requires innovation, greater teacher-student agency, and a culture of trust.