I ask because in a recent conference after the spacex landing on a Sea Barge, Elon Musk made mention that The people working at Space X were the ones that did the work. And normally I’d agree that the vast majority of the effort and success of a company rests on the shoulders of the people working there more than the one who directs the efforts.
But with Elon, there is something about him that seems more… indispensable. Part of it was that he kind of was, he put his own fortune on the line for both spacex and tesla and they turned around. So there seems to be a boost effect of worth for founders of companies compared to some random CEO that parachuted in to act as one among many neverending stewards of a company. But He in particular also seems to have a larger overarching vision beyond pure profit for its own sake that guides the efforts of both spacex and tesla that makes him seem more important than a bean counting CEO. And yet, even with all that, he could not have accomplished a fraction of what he has without the people working at his company.
So maybe the answer is there is no answer and it completely depends on the individual company and dynamics.