Top 50 Teamwork Quotes


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Top 50 Teamwork Quotes

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Teamwork is essential to the success of any group of people attempting to reach a common goal. If individual team members do not work together, they risk falling short due to a lack of understanding, and their efforts go to waste.

Understanding the importance of working together will help ensure that hard work and effort don’t waste. Keep reading to discover some of the best motivational quotes to help encourage teamwork.

Why Teamwork Is Important

Instilling a group effort mindset in individuals helps create a group effort as team members know the necessary tasks to complete a goal. Individuals who are a part of a team but don’t work together are almost guaranteed to fail. The reasoning is that team members are individuals. Individuals possess varying strengths and weaknesses that prove beneficial during collaborative efforts. Whether you are a part of an athletic team or a company board, teamwork comes into play. If the individuals that make up a team are not helping others and putting forth the effort to resolve an issue, there is the likelihood that the project or team as a whole will fail. Because teamwork is an essential part of group success, it is vital to find ways to encourage the help of others through motivational quotes. Use these best teamwork quotes to help inspire your team to work together towards a common goal.


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Top 50 Teamwork Quotes

Here are the top 50 teamwork quotes to live by.

Idowu Koyenikan

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

There is strength in numbers. Conversing with a group of like-minded individuals allows minds to be opened to new possibilities as various paradigms are brought together to solve a common goal.

Hellen Keller

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."

Helen Keller would become one of the most influential people of her time. She gracefully took her disability and turned it into something marvelous. Helen Keller, of all people, understood the power of collaboration as the burden of working alone - especially with her disabilities - becomes much lighter with the help of others.

H.E. Loccock

"No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it."

Just as with a symphony constructed by a musical orchestra, one person cannot meet every note to make the music sound the way it should. It takes a group of individuals working towards the same goal to produce music.

Andrew Carnegie

"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."

Individual talent is a remarkable thing. An individual’s talent and commitment, mixed with others who share a common goal, result in resolutions that aren’t possible otherwise.

Henry Ford

"Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success."

Coming from the man that created the ultimate teamwork system, Henry Ford knows a thing or two about the results one sees when working together. Understanding your role in a company or team and using that role to better prepare others for theirs is an efficient way to reach a goal.

Charles Darwin

"It is the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) that those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed."

History has proven that collaboration goes a long way in the success of a project or reaching a goal.

Henry Ford

"If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself."

It is easy to get caught up in the completion of a goal. Focusing on the small tasks at hand and ensuring fluidity throughout your team sets you up for success as it is easier to reach the end goal.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

"Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than the one where they sprang up."

It is amazing how an idea can grow when the individual that thought up the idea shares it with others. Comparing viewpoints and collaborating on a plan gives more possibilities.

Michael Jordan

"Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships."

If anybody knows a thing or two about winning, it is Michael Jordan. Some of the most well-known names in sports history contribute their success to teamwork. It is nearly impossible to accomplish the end goal without a team.

Phil Jackson

"The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team."

Mixing the individual effort and contribution of a team creates an unstoppable force. It is evident that there is strength in numbers and a team that knows how to work well produces unmatchable strength.


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Edwin Land

"Politeness is the poison of collaboration."

Dancing around feelings isn’t the way to be an effective team. Issues must be addressed head-on, and team members must maintain thick skin if making the decisions for the team's success.

James Cash Penney

"The best teamwork comes from men who are working independently toward one goal in unison."

Teamwork will not remain nearly as productive if each team member is not pulling their weight. As a team, each individual plays a role. Some members pull a heavier load, and some are lighter. The weight of the load doesn’t matter. Whether or not each member is performing their assigned task to the best of their ability matters.

Amy Poehler

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

One of the vital factors to leadership is the desire of your teammates to want you to succeed.

Simon Mainwaring

"Effectively, change is almost impossible without industry-wide collaboration, cooperation, and consensus."

One person’s desire to make a change won’t make a difference if they don’t have the support of their team. The power a group of people has when they come together is immaculate.

Isaac Newton

"If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants."

The varying strengths of team members working together for a common goal make teams effective. Individuals have different strengths, and when these individuals work together, they can accomplish great things.

Patrick Lencioni

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

Remaining a closed-off team member hinders the level at which the team progresses. Opening up and being vulnerable with your team helps your teammates understand one another. This results in a better work better together as there is a greater level of trust.

Vince Lombardi

“Individual commitment to a group effort—that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”

Without individual commitment, group efforts will fall flat. It doesn’t matter where the team is or what the goal is; team members must commit to reaching success.

Jim Stovall

"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."

Being a part of a team that does not show appreciation is taxing. When you put forth what seems like endless efforts and lack acknowledgment for those efforts, it makes it tough to want to remain a part of that team. Encouraging one another in small victories will go a long way.

Babe Ruth

"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."

A team full of players that have immaculate talent, but do not play together will fail against a team full of mediocre players that work together. This has been proven time and again in the sports world. It is easy to shut down individual talent, but when a collective effort is made, stopping that team is nearly impossible.

George Shinn

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

Every well-known athlete, CEO, or self-made millionaire will tell you that they didn't get to where they were without help. It is the help of others that ensures their success in whatever field they are in. Having a support group and a team that works together helps you keep going when you don’t have the drive or effort to do so otherwise.


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Napoleon Hill

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

It is commonly mistaken that you are setting yourself back if you take time out of your tasks to help another. This is simply not true. Using your knowledge and skills to help others succeed will help you move forward faster.

Norman Shidle

"A group becomes a team when each member is sure enough of himself and his contribution to praise the skills of others."

Confidence goes a long way to the success of a team. When individuals of the team radiate confidence and help others reach that same level of sureness, you generate an unstoppable force.

Lewis B. Ergen

"The ratio of We’s to I’s is the best indicator of the development of a team."

Mindset is a big part of a team's success. If team members don’t maintain a mindset that they are part of a team and every action they make affects the team, it is difficult to keep a cohesive group.

Vince Lombardi

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

Commitment is an integral part of teamwork. Without commitment, it is difficult to maintain a team atmosphere as some members show a desire to succeed while others do only what they can to get by.

Jin Kwon

"One piece of log creates a small fire, adequate to warm you up, add just a few more pieces to blast an immense bonfire, large enough to warm up your entire circle of friends; needless to say, that individuality counts but teamwork dynamites."

Group effort makes a bigger explosion than individual effort. While you need individual effort to complete your goal, group effort is what makes you stand apart from the competition.

Reid Hoffman

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

Succeeding as an individual, while it is possible, is not an ideal path to success. Playing and working as a team helps ensure you don’t lose.

Mark Twain

"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great ones make you feel that you, too, can become great."

A true team member wants you to succeed. This is accomplished by building each other up and encouraging. If you have team members that do the opposite and belittle your actions, they are hindering your success rate.

Steve Jobs

"Great things in business are never done by one person; they're done by a team of people."

Steve Jobs is known worldwide for his business success. Knowing that he attests to “great things” being completed by a “team of people,” is proof that the most successful people in the world rely on teamwork to remain successful.

Booker T. Washington

"If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else."

It is surprising how beneficial lifting your teammates up is to your success. Supporting others not only gives you the satisfaction of helping your team, but it also generates good morale so you can complete more.

Ryunosuke Satoro

"Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean."

It is incredible to think that the oceans and other large bodies of water are made up of tiny drops of water. The power of a large number of natural matter combined creates something that is far more powerful than an individual.


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Virginia Burden

"Cooperation is the thorough conviction that nobody can get there unless everybody gets there."

When one team member fails, the entire team fails. Therefore, ensuring the success of your team members ensures your success.

Mother Teresa

"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."

Multiple small wins or accomplishments work together to form the big and extravagant wins that everyone notices. While the small wins may not seem great, they are a step closer to the big wins.

Tim Notke

"Hard work beats talent if talent doesn't work hard."

Hard work is an important part of a team's success. While talent does put one at an advantage, if that talent is wasted with laziness, those that put forth the hard work will pull ahead.

Mattie Stepanek

“Unity is strength. . . when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.”

Mattie Stepanek, while he died at the young age of 13, was wise far beyond his years. With seven best-selling books of poetry and peace essays, the young philosopher understood the power that is accomplished through collaboration.

Malcolm Forbes

“Diamonds are nothing more than chunks of coal that stuck to their jobs.”

The value that is acquired with hard work and consistency is unmatched. By sticking with a job and ensuring you are holding up your end of the deal, you will see results that wouldn’t come about otherwise.

Ariana Huffington

“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.”

Simply spending a lot of time on a task won’t yield the results you are looking for. Therefore, using the time you have to work with your team on productive tasks to reach your common goal will yield greater results.

Mahatma Gandhi

“Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment.”

When team members effectively work together, the value that is created throughout the process is more rewarding than the completion of the goal.

Bang Gae

“Teamwork makes the dream work.”

One of the most recognized teamwork quotes, this simple yet accurate quote relays how vital teamwork is to achieve the desired outcome.

Orrin Woodward

"A leader must inspire, or his team will expire.”

To achieve effective leadership, a leader must inspire his team. If he is unable to keep his team motivated to reach the end goal, they will lose the desire to put forth the hard work necessary to succeed.

Becka Schoettle

“Together, ordinary people can achieve extraordinary results."

You don’t have to have an extravagant talent to accomplish extraordinary things. By working together with other like-minded people, you can achieve success.


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Louisa May Alcott

“It takes two flints to make a fire.”

Having someone by your side working with you to accomplish a goal, means you have a greater likelihood of getting the results you desire. Just like it takes two flints to make a fire, it takes two minds to create something one cannot.

Virginia Burden

“Cooperation is the thorough conviction that nobody can get there unless everybody gets there.”

A common misconception is that you can make it as far or further on your own than with another. By using the help of others and actively working together you can reach the end goal. When one team member does not make it to the end, the entire team does not make it.

Ken Blanchard

“None of us is as smart as all of us.”

If one mind is smart, aren’t two minds smarter? Collaboration yields a result that one individual cannot come up with alone.

Robert Oroben

“If you can laugh together, you can work together.”

Finding compatible teammates is essential to success. Little do people know that teamwork is achievable if you choose to make it work. Maintaining a mindset that you can work with those that you can laugh at will help you decide to cooperate.

Harry Truman

“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.”

One of the aspects of working as a team means that when one team member succeeds, all team members succeed. The best part is that as part of a cohesive team, those individuals are more focused on the end goal that they don’t care who gets the end credit.

Iyanla Vanzant

“The way to achieve your own success is to be willing to help somebody else get it first.”

Teamwork means you are putting others above yourself. Meaning, that teammates are willing to put the needs of others above their own. In the end, you’re helping your teammates push you closer to your goals.

Margaret Carty

“The nicest thing about teamwork is that you always have others on your side.”

Working together as a team means you will always have someone there to pick you up when you fall short and help you accomplish your individual goals. When a part of a team, you are never working alone.

Mark Sanborn

“In teamwork, silence isn’t golden; it’s deadly.”

Being a part of a team that does not collaborate on ideas or solutions to a common goal often disintegrates the team. To ensure the team stays intact, team members must communicate.

Mike Krzyzewski

To be a great team, there is no finger-pointing or playing the blame game. We win together. We lose together.”

If one team member makes a mistake, it is the entire team's mistake. When you join a team you are no longer an individual but part of a collaborative effort.

Margaret Mead

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has"

It is astonishing how far a small group of determined individuals can go. If a group of people working towards a common goal put forth the hard work and determination necessary, they can make a difference they never could’ve on their own.

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