Where Have All the Craftsmen Gone?

In a recent post, Not a Leader? Then Be a Multiplier, I talked about the obsession corporate America seems to have with everyone becoming a “leader,” and I mentioned that some people are more in love with the idea of developing a craft than they are with training/managing people. Unfortunately, though, in this quest to create an environment full of leaders, what often gets lost are the craftsmen (I’m sorry, but “crafts persons” just does not sound right; you can understand that I am talking inclusively when I say “craftsmen,” right?), people who are dedicated to building a specific skill set and to doing it better than your average person does. Companies say they want more innovation, but then they spend all their time/resources on developing more and more management professionals, not on craftsmen.