The Concept of Individuality and Why Its Recognition Is a Crucial Skill for Managers.

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A PAPER ON THE CONCEPT OF INDIVIDUALITY AND WHY ITS RECOGNITION IS A CRUCIAL SKILL FOR MANAGERS.

BY

OLUBITAN JOSEPH
Department Of Management and Accounting
Faculty of Management Sciences.

Ladoke Akintola University Of Technology, Ogbomoso.

February, 2013

At the dawn of Renaissance, the concept of the individual began to emerge across western society. Jacob Burckhardt , the great historian of the Renaissance in his book “la civiltà del rinascimento in Italia”, (Renaissance civilization in Italy) provides us with a first modern definition of the would be “individual” : “ During the middle-ages the veil covering human souls was a cloth of faith, biases, ignorance and illusions…in so far as the human being was considered only as belonging to a race, a population, a party, a corporation, a family or any other forms of “community” . For the first time, it was Italy that has broken this veil and dictated the “objective” study of the State and other worldly things. This new way of considering reality aside, it further developed the “subjective” aspect, and man becomes “individual”, spiritual, assuming his new status’ consciousness.”(A. Forti, 2010). The concept of individuality states: "Every individual is born and endowed with a unique mind quality and content capable of producing independently from whatever humanity has seen". No two individuals are the same in their mind quality and content. Every individual is designed to develop his or her independent mind to the level of individualistic expressions. At the level of individuality, an individual becomes an independent thinker and producer. One who can express ideas, inventions, innovations, creations and discoveries no individual has ever exhibited (Bertnard, 2009). Individuality in terms of independent creativity and productivity is the true identity of an individual. Each individual was to be known and identified by the expression of his/her individuality. Thus, despite the 6.2 billion...
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