Is it more important to be able to work with a group of people on a team or to work independently? Use reasons and specific examples to support your answer.
Man has always been a social animal. It is established that most of his achievements are attributed to social structure and team work. So, it is more important to be able to work with a group of people on a team than to work independently.
Every person has a knowledge unique to himself. No person has complete knowledge about any subject. People have different approaches and contribute in different ways to the same cause. So, a group of persons can contribute more to a cause than a single person can do.
Having many persons working together also helps in the fact that a group can execute its plans more strongly and in a better way, whereas a single person may fail to do so because of lack of opinion or resolution.
A team also promotes team spirit. There is a healthy competition within the group members and this breeds innovative ideas by provoking thoughts. On the other hand, a single person thinks in his own way. The possibility of verification and hence improvements are less than they are in a group. I fear he may continue to make same mistakes and will realize them very late.
A team person draws ideas from each of his teammates and hence is more exposed to the current progresses and latest methods in his field. A single person may need to put a lot of effort, (often impractical) to gain an equal amount of knowledge.
At some or the other stage in one's life, everybody should work with others. A person working in a team learns to live with many persons and work in harmony with strangers. Meanwhile he gets rid off his individual complexes which might have adverse effect on one's profession. These lessons he learnt in his team are also important assets in his personality that he carries home. But, a person working independently would not have experienced these things. He may find it difficult to work with others in future. He will have to start afresh and learn to cope with the group when it is inevitable.
Hence, I strongly feel that team work is essential in everybody's life. It brings out the best out of a person. Even a brilliant person cannot strive for excellence without anybody's assistance. Therefore, it is very important to develop team's attitude.