Some time ago the NY Times ran a piece giving some history on the idea of the lone wolf, and where the idea came from that they are the ones who makes the big steps for humanity. Rather, it seems that it is groups of people working together which make the big leaps.
Of course, thats not to say some people don't have individual ideas that push humanity forward by a truely great amount, but it is the exception, not the rule.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. - Margret Mead.
It is a worthwhile read. Read Here.