121 Teamwork Quotes

Teamwork isn't just important, it is vital. The process of collaboration of a like-minded group of people in order to achieve a specific goal is crucial to an organization or business. Teamwork means that people need to cooperate with each other utilizing their individual skills, providing constructive feedback, and resolving any personal conflict between individuals in a professional manner. The following quotations speak to all these teamwork elements and can form the core of teamwork training.

  1. Teamwork matters in order to make progress and only occurs when each person values each other as much as they value themselves. Robert Rivers

  2. You cannot contribute to a team unless you have respect, consideration and agreed upon mutual dependence on one another rather than being the lone wolf of recognized progress. Theodore W. Kiggingsworth

  3. The costly occurrence in some organizations is that a few people undermine the value and progressive contribution of a team until they have failed on an individual basis. Byron R. Pulsifer

  4. The word "teamwork" is an anathema to the egotistical. Kate Summers

  5. Self-motivation trickles down to both internal and external customers, creates a positive work environment, contributes to financial profit and personal fulfillment, and leads to team success. Harriet Diamond, Perfect Phrases for Motivating and Rewarding Employees

  6. Employees do not expect their managers to clown around and make them laugh with gimmicks so that they can like them—they expect their managers to lead. It's not your job to just make people feel good, but rather to create an atmosphere where people feel connected to the larger picture and understand the value of their contribution to the organization. Cliff Mauer, How to Motivate Employees

  7. Also critical to establishing a motivational environment is the understanding that employees are individuals with varied drives, dreams, and personal goals. Motivation is much more than a tool for energizing the demotivated; it puts an added spring in anyone’s step. Harriet Diamond, Perfect Phrases for Motivating and Rewarding Employees

  8. If you want to build a ship, don’t herd people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

  9. Don’t concern yourself much with what others are doing. Just focus on your world—identify your strengths, gifts, and talents, and work out how they can be of service to others. Michael Hetherington, 15 Sure Signs That You Are On The Right Path

  10. The best and often only way to break through pain to a lasting solution is to first understand the fundamental problem causing the pain. Stephen R. Covey, The 8th Habit

  11. When you take away responsibility, you also take away the sense of accountability. J. Thomas Miller III, Motivating Others

  12. With employee satisfaction comes employee loyalty; with employee loyalty comes customer satisfaction; with customer satisfaction comes customer loyalty; and with customer loyalty comes profitability. John Putzier, The Everything HR Kit

  13. The more preoccupied you are with yourself, the less likely you are to consider, acknowledge, or even notice other people. As a result, they feel hurt, frustrated, and angry—convinced that you don’t really care about them. Mark Goulston

  14. .. when you decide to exercise your ability to consciously engage positive thoughts, you are engaging in some powerful, mind-shifting magic. And when you change how you think, you change how you act and who you are in the world. Cyndie Spiegel

  15. Whatever understanding I may have of life and business is the result of having feasted on a rich diet of ideas from others whose words caused me to find new ways of expressing old ideas. Jim Rohn

  16. You are either supporting the vision or supporting division. Saji Ijiyemi

  17. Individual commitment to a group effort--that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work. Vince Lombardi

  18. Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships. Michael Jordan

  19. Collaboration allows teachers to capture each other's fund of collective intelligence. Mike Schmoker

  20. Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results. Andrew Carnegie

  21. There is no need to tell someone how to do his job if you have properly trained your team. Dick Winters, Beyond Band of Brothers

  22. Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much. Helen Keller

  23. To become a better you, work in a team of like-minded people and learn new things you don’t know. Israelmore Ayivor

  24. The second you make it all about you, is the second you've already lost. It's about people - it always has been and it always will be. Chris Hill

  25. Givers reject the notion that interdependence is weak. Givers are more likely to see interdependence as a source of strength, a way to harness the skills of multiple people for a greater good. Adam Grant

  26. Remember, teamwork begins by building trust. And the only way to do that is to overcome our need for invulnerability. Patrick Lencioni

  27. It takes healthy, resilient leaders and employees to achieve great results. Sue Tetzlaff, The Employee Experience

  28. Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success. Bang Gae

  29. I invite everyone to choose forgiveness rather than division, teamwork over personal ambition. Jean-Francois Cope

  30. None of us is as smart as all of us. Ken Blanchard

  31. Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. Helen Keller

  32. The beauty of collaboration between older and younger generations is that we combine strength with wisdom – a surefire way to accomplish more for the glory of God. Brett Harris

  33. Teamwork begins by building trust. And the only way to do that is to overcome our need for invulnerability. Patrick Lencioni

  34. Neighbor to neighbor. It is a mentality that has been fostered over centuries, since the earliest settlers realized the only way to survive in this desolate but beautiful outpost was to work together. Much of their music captures this spirit. Jim DeFede

  35. It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed. Napolean Hill

  36. If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else. Booker T. Washington

  37. None of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful. Mother Teresa

  38. Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success. Henry Ford

  39. A core group of guys, all sharing similar goals, can move mountains. Chris Matakas

  40. The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team. Phil Jackson

  41. None of us is as smart as all of us. Ken Blanchard

  42. The greater the loyalty of a group toward the group, the greater is the motivation among the members to achieve the goals of the group, and the greater the probability that the group will achieve its goals. Rensis Likert

  43. Collaboration allows teachers to capture each other's fund of collective intelligence. Mike Schmoker

  44. It takes two flints to make a fire. Louisa May Alcott

  45. When you form a team, why do you try to form a team? Because teamwork builds trust and trust builds speed. Russel Honore

  46. You need to be aware of what others are doing, applaud their efforts, acknowledge their successes, and encourage them in their pursuits. When we all help one another, everybody wins. Jim Stovall

  47. The ratio of We’s to I’s is the best indicator of the development of a team. Lewis B Ergen

  48. I don't believe in team motivation. I believe in getting a team prepared so it knows it will have the necessary confidence when it steps on a field and be prepared to play a good game. Tom Landry

  49. Many of us are more capable than some of us, but none of us is as capable as all of us. Tom Wilson

  50. Hard work beats talent if talent doesn't work hard. Tim Notke

  51. In teamwork, silence isn’t golden. It’s deadly. Mark Sanborn

  52. You put together the best team that you can with the players you've got, and replace those who aren't good enough. Robert Crandall

  53. Unity is strength. . . when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved. Mattie Stepanek

  54. The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team. Phil Jackson

  55. The best teamwork comes from men who are working independently toward one goal in unison. James Cash Penney

  56. Politeness is the poison of collaboration. Edwin Land

  57. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life. Amy Poehler

  58. Effectively, change is almost impossible without industry-wide collaboration, cooperation, and consensus. Simon Mainwaring

  59. To me, teamwork is the beauty of our sport, where you have five acting as one. You become selfless. Mike Krzyzewski

  60. The kinds of errors that cause plane crashes are invariably errors of teamwork and communication. Malcolm Gladwell

  61. Effective teamwork begins and ends with communication. Mike Krzyzewski

  62. When you join teams that changes lives, yours will be the first. Todd Stocker

  63. If we don’t communicate, we certainly can’t get much done and if we don’t communicate authentically, what we get done is less effective. Michele Jennae

  64. A leader must inspire or his team will expire. Orrin Woodward

  65. Strategy is not a solo sport, even if you’re the CEO. Max McKeown

  66. Teamwork is the secret that make common people achieve uncommon result. Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha

  67. I’ve always found that the speed of the boss is the speed of the team. Lee Iacocca

  68. There is no such thing as a self-made man. You will reach your goals only with the help of others. George Shinn

  69. It’s only when we can work with something that brings out our strengths that we’re of any real use. Henning Mankell, The Fifth Woman

  70. A successful team is a group of many hands and one mind. Bill Bethel

  71. No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it. — H.E. Luccock

  72. Collaboration, it turns out, is not a gift from the gods but a skill that requires effort and practice. Douglas B. Reeves

  73. Many of us are more capable than some of us, but none of us is as capable as all of us. Tom Wilson

  74. Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean. Ryunosuke Satoro

  75. Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable. Kenyan Proverb

  76. Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed. It is the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead

  77. Unity is strength…and when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved. Mattie Stepanek

  78. Every successful start-up is built on four pillars: team, idea, passion and presentations. Aayush Jain

  79. None of us is as smart as all of us. Ken Blanchard

  80. I am a member of the team, and I rely on the team, I defer to it and sacrifice for it, because the team, not the individual, is the ultimate champion. Mia Hamm

  81. Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence. Sheryl Sandberg

  82. When you switch your focus from the “we" to the “me", the goal from “team" to “self", you upset the balance of the whole. Consequentially, that redistribution of effort impedes success. Carlos Wallace

  83. No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team. Reid Hoffman

  84. We think, mistakenly, that success is the result of the amount of time we put in at work, instead of the quality of time we put in. Ariana Huffington

  85. When the ideas are coming, I don't stop until the ideas stop because that train doesn't come along all the time. Dr. Dre

  86. Someone once told me growth and comfort do not coexist. And I think it's a really good thing to remember. Ginni Rometty

  87. Hard work keeps the wrinkles out of the mind and spirit. Helena Rubinstein

  88. The nice thing about teamwork is that you always have others on your side. Margaret Carty

  89. When your team is winning, be ready to be tough, because winning can make you soft. On the other hand, when you team is losing, stick by them. Keep believing. Bo Schembechler

  90. The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime. Babe Ruth

  91. If a team is to reach its potential, each player must be willing to subordinate his personal goals to the good of the team. Bud Wilkinson

  92. Many of us are more capable than some of us, but none of us is as capable as all of us. Tom Wilson

  93. Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean. Ryunosuke Satoro

  94. We realized that no one of us could be as good as all of us playing unselfishly. Bill Bradley

  95. Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment. Mahatma Gandhi

  96. I'm a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it. Thomas Jefferson

  97. Diamonds are nothing more than chunks of coal that stuck to their jobs. Malcolm Forbes

  98. The dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Vince Lombardi Jr.

  99. The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team. Phil Jackson

  100. Linked together as a team with one goal, we soon realized we were only as strong as our weakest link. But did we condemn the weaker member? That wouldn’t serve any purpose. Instead, the stronger guys responded by carrying more weight than the weaker teammate. Jake Byrne

  101. A single arrow is easily broken, but not ten in a bundle. Proverb

  102. Teamplayer: Once who unites others toward a shared destiny through sharing information and ideas, empowering others and developing trust. Dennis Kinlaw

  103. When a gifted team dedicates itself to unselfish trust and combines instinct with boldness and effort, it is ready to climb. Patanjali

  104. The secret is to work less as individuals and more as a team. As a coach, I play not my eleven best, but my best eleven. Knute Rockne

  105. Trust is knowing that when a team member does push you, they're doing it because they care about the team. Patrick Lencioni

  106. When he took time to help the man up the mountain, lo, he scaled it himself. Tibetan Proverb

  107. In order to become a leading home run hitter, a batter must be surrounded by good hitters, otherwise, the pitchers will ‘pitch around’ him. Likewise, many successful people became that way from being on a good team. Laing Burns Jr.

  108. If we were all determined to play the first violin we should never have an ensemble. Therefore, respect every musician in his proper place. Robert Schumann

  109. There is immense power when a group of people with similar interests gets together to work toward the same goals. Idowu Koyenikan

  110. Great teams do not hold back with one another. They are unafraid to air their dirty laundry. They admit their mistakes, their weaknesses, and their concerns without fear of reprisal. Patrick Lencioni
  111. Only by binding together as a single force will we remain strong and unconquerable. Chris Bradford

  112. The greater the loyalty of a group toward the group, the greater is the motivation among the members to achieve the goals of the group, and the greater the probability that the group will achieve its goals. Rensis Likert

  113. The struggles we endure today will be the ‘good old days’ we laugh about tomorrow. Aaron Lauritsen

  114. The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual. Vince Lombardi

  115. Trust is knowing that when a team member does push you, they’re doing it because they care about the team. Patrick Lencioni

  116. If two men on the same job agree all the time, then one is useless. If they disagree all the time, both are useless. Darryl F. Zanuck

  117. In a team setting, leadership is shared by a community of people, which counters the tendency for pastors to form congregations in their own images. Adam S. McHugh, Introverts in the Church

  118. Teamwork is the secret that makes common people achieve uncommon results. Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha

  119. If two men on the same job agree all the time, one is useless. If they disagree all the time, both are useless Darryl F. Zanuck

  120. It doesn’t take strength to win. It takes the true heart of the team to win. Emily Voyles

  121. Winning team members need to know five things:
    Tell me what you expect from me.
    Give me an opportunity to perform.
    Let me know how I'm getting along.
    Give me guidance where I need it.
    Reward me according to my contribution.
    Paul W. Bryant

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