I have noticed in history that an administrator who is considered a good one is rare. Marcus Aurelius would be an example of one. I feel as if I can count them on one hand but there must have been others that I do not know of. Working as an engineer, I’ve found that other engineers often have a general mis-trust of administrators in general. Maybe the world just needs more stoicism?
There is some need for administrators because of scalability, or they would not have been around so long. I do agree they often have much less skin in the game. Scrum in agile software has this term “pigs” for the engineers and “chickens” for the project managers, product managers and those more on the administration side. The typical illustration goes: A pig and a chicken are walking down a road. The Chicken looks at the pig and says “Hey, why don’t we open a restaurant?” The pig looks back at the chicken and says “Good idea, what do you want to call it?” The chicken thinks about it and says “Why don’t we call it ‘Ham and Eggs’?” “I don’t think so” says the pig, “I’d be committed but you’d only be involved.”