One can perform well individually or in a group?
It is an unanswered question or an ending debate!
Let’s talk about the secret of growth and development that is learning by how to cope up with the forces of change shaping positive forces for our improvement while dampening negative ones.
Individualism and Collectivism Must Have Equal Power is the among most influential aspects of progress that demonstrates dynamic change.
They both have the potential to be a force of change.
Individualism underlines personal freedom and achievement. Therefore, it prioritizes personal accomplishments such as important discoveries, innovations, great artistic or humanitarian achievements, and all actions that make an individual prominent.
In contrast, collectivism emphasizes involving individuals in a larger group. It encourages conformity among individuals in a group.
In the world, we need productive and competent individuals. It values an inquirer, learner and leader who have personal potentials and capabilities but it also appraises team work and collaboration for shared purpose that admits both individualism and collectivism as essential to organizational learning such as school.
In school, teachers’ professional isolation leads them to have limited access to new ideas and better solutions, drives stress, permits incompetence to exist, promotes competition, develops defensive attitude towards criticism and resists innovation in teaching that may have detrimental effects on students, colleagues, and the teachers themselves.
On the other hand, collaboration and mentoring lead to transform them as their improved version. It familiarizes with diverse ideas and solutions because each of the individuals has a different mind that processes information differently.
Despite it, one cannot deny the potential of personal reflection that proves itself as a robust force to change the scenario.
In collectivism, teachers may face conflicts that are one of the consequences to avail of mutual efforts as the force of change.
In a net shell, we need to realize that conflicts (if properly managed) are opportunities to learn and reach a productive change.
Individualistic learning and collective efforts are the foundational pathways for the prosperity of any organization in general and of school in particular.
Neha Suleman is pursuing her Bachelors in Education at Institute of Administration Sukkur, Pakistan. She is passionate to serve community by utilizing her critical and creative thinking. Her writings depict hidden fences and open frontiers of society to educate people about their rights and responsibilities that can lead to sustainable world.