When it comes to technological development is it better to be a Genius or a Networker?

These terms exist in many different forms, Meredith Belbin in his work on team team roles identified Plants, those who are original, creative and transformational innovators, along with Resource Investigators, those who utilised their social networks to develop and build on ideas incrementally.  

In the chapter on Innovation in his book 'Rebel Ideas' Matthew Syed drew on anthropological studies that looked at how primitive society's developed and utilised technology in the Pacific Islands and Tasmania, coming up with the