My answer to Do intellectuals enjoy leadership and do they have a desire to own their own business?
Answer by Ken Larson:
I have found over the years that roles are involved in answering your question:
ROLE 1 – TECHNICAL
Scientific, engineering, logistics, electronics, design and similar skill sets where direct supervision, team building, corporate policy compliance and human resource planning and utilization are not major factors.
ROLE 2- MANAGEMENT
Functional process capacities responsible for hiring, evaluation, supervision, compliance with civilian law and department activities involving group dynamics, customer relations and sensitive human factors.
Intellectuals are often uncomfortable in jobs involving Role 2 above because they were foreign to them. Some adjust, learn the venue and became skilled as managers in the corporate world. These are the ones who have a desire to run their own business.
Others prefer staff assignments under Role 1 above. The corporate venue seems enormously political and bureaucratic to them. They are not that tactful, cut to the chase often and do not always take everyone with them when they make a decision. They rarely have a desire to run their own business.
Once intellectuals grow into a Role 2 performer, interviewing, hiring, evaluating and managing people, even seasoned ones, who join the work force. They then find that that many intellectuals are better suited for Role 1. It takes years and effort to fit them into Role 2 and some never make it.