Aidan was awesome because he was proof that you could be an excellent Clan warrior and still be relatively conservative. At no time after becoming a Warrior does Aidan just chuck the rules out of the window, he just bends them until they almost break. Aidan became a great warrior despite the Clan way, which shows that you don't have to subvert it (Crichell) or outright ignore it whenever it's inconvenient (Phelan) in order to succeed. If he were a Wolf, his tactics would have been considered routine quite likely, but he became a Warrior, won a Bloodname and rose to become a Legend in one of the more hidebound Clans and did it without doubting that the Way of the Clans was right.
When the chips are down, people like Phelan, Ulric and Natasha looked for loopholes in the Way of the Clans to let them succeed. Aidan, Horse, Joanna and the others just kept right on plugging, never doubting that they would succeed because they were Clan, not in spite of it. And I'm not picking on the Wolves here, they're just the ones that we have the most info about apart from the Falcons.