In sports there is a real appreciation for allrounders. Traditionally, the title of "World's Greatest Athlete" has been given to the man who wins the Olympic decathlon. In athletics there is also the pentathlon . In speed skating, there is the European and World Championship for allrounders (men do skate 500m, 1500m, 5000m and 10000m). In cricket, an allrounder is a guy who regularly performs well at both batting and bowling.
These athletes are very well appreciated. Of course there are still the athletes who only perform at single distances/activities, but the allrounders are considered to be ….. well allround!
This appreciation is totally lacking for allrounders in business, NGO’s and in government. Whereas the need for people who ‘can connect the dots’ is increasing rapidly. See also this post: http://permamarks.org/world-needs-generalists/
Many problems are quite complex and connected, so you do need people who can easily understand and relate to the respective topics and take the appropriate actions.
Business has to wake up and quickly attract these allrounders!