People are surprised that I can be an effective Chair while maintaining my busy research agenda.
But it’s not surprising at all. The same qualities that help me publish a lot make a productive administrator.
If you have a certain personality trait, it will manifest in different areas of your life. This seems very obvious but people keep forgetting it.
People who are prolific scholars are so well-organized that they have very developed interests in other areas. It doesn’t have to be administration. They can be into DIY projects, or running a major local organization, or being in a music band.
Show me a good scholar and I’ll show you somebody who’s simultaneously successful in some unexpected activity on the side.