“The person who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The person who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever seen before.”

― Albert Einstein

Walk alone only if you have the capability to climb the chair.
Else just move with the crowd and be safe.

Unless We have talent like Albert Einstein, Do not believe quotes from highly intelligent souls like Albert Einstein.

There are many advantages in following the crowd than trying to lead the crowd. The difference is exactly similar to that of a leader and follower. Its not possible for the entire crowd to become a leader as there will be no followers left and no work can be done without followers as the leaders mostly give command and intelligence.

Do not teach the kids to be a leader.
Do not convince them at an young age that they are unique.
Both are perfect examples of a bad parenting. Be aware that, No one is unique in this world. The positive contributions that each one offer to this earth is what makes them unique.
Teach them that all creatures including a bacteria is life and is as important as their life. Teach them that nothing is created for the consumption of humans. Teach them the value of contributing positively to the society.