Many organizations have experienced that people who are specialists by heart end up going for a people manager role. A few years later, we have lost a good specialist but in return, we have a poor manager. This is a lose-lose situation. However, many specialists view the manager way as the only way to “make a career”.
To change this pattern, organizations need to create a visible career path for specialists. Most companies provide leadership training for their leaders of others in order to help them make their first difficult step into a managerial career track. In the same way, you need to invest in the knowledge expert program that helps specialists make their first challenging step into a specialist career.