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108 Quotes That Actually Inspire Teamwork

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Working on a team is fun, but great teamwork makes it even better. Teamwork is an awesome driver for performance, productivity, effectiveness, and efficiency. I’m sharing a list of teamwork quotes that I’ve collected over time and I’m sure you and your team will find them inspirational.

Check it out and share with your team.

Teamwork Quotes

  1. “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” – Henry Ford
  2. “To build a strong team, you must see someone else’s strength as a complement to your weakness and not a threat to your position or authority.” – Christine Caine
  3. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead
  4. “Politeness is the poison of collaboration.” – Edwin Land
  5. “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
  6. “The ratio of We’s to I’s is the best indicator of the development of a team.” – Lewis B. Ergen
  7. “In teamwork, silence isn’t golden. It’s deadly.” — Mark Sanborn
  8. “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” – Harry Truman
  9. “A single leaf working alone provides no shade.” – Chuck Page
  10. “What separates the good players from a great player is that a great player is willing to give up their own personal achievement for the achievement of the group.” — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  11. “There is nothing more beautiful than someone who goes out of their way to make life beautiful for others.” – Mandy Hale
  12. “Success is best when it’s shared.” – Howard Schultz
  13. “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.” – Mark Twain
  14. “Teams are successful when they are focused, have a short cycle time, and are supported by the executives.” — Tom J. Bouchard
  15. “The nicest thing about teamwork is that you always have others on your side.” — Margaret Carty
  16. “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
  17. “None of us is as smart as all of us.” — Ken Blanchard
  18. “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
  19. “When you hand good people possibility, they do great things.” ― Biz Stone
  20. “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller
  21. “Every once in a while you hear an expert that says team chemistry is overrated. You just write that person off.” – Tony La Russa
  22. “We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.
  23. “The best teamwork comes from men who are working independently toward one goal in unison.” – James Cash Penney
  24. “The worst walls are never the ones you find in your way. The worst walls are the ones you put there.” – Ursula K. Le Guin
  25. “A group becomes a team when each member is sure enough of himself and his contribution to praise the skills of others.” – Norman Shidle
  26. “Tough times don’t last. Tough teams do.” — Robert Schuller
  27. “Teamwork does not come naturally. Let’s face it. We are born with certain inclinations, but sharing isn’t one of them.” – Pat Summitt
  28.  “You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.” – Indira Gandhi
  29. “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” – African Proverb
  30. “Decency is avoiding disrespect, not avoiding disagreement. Integrity is trying to get it right, not being right.” – Adam Grant
  31. “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
  32. “Teamwork begins by building trust. And the only way to do that is to overcome our need for invulnerability.” – Patrick Lencioni
  33. “One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team.” — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  34. “The secret is to gang up on the problem, rather than each other.” — Thomas Stallkamp
  35. “No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it.” – H.E. Luccock
  36. “Create an environment where people can take risks. If everything has to be brilliant from the word go, you’re never gonna get off the ground.” – Paul Hewson, aka, Bono
  37. “Good management consists in showing average people how to do the work of superior people.” — John Rockefeller
  38. “The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.” – Phil Jackson
  39. “Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  40. “You are not the work you do; you are the person you are.” – Toni Morrison
  41. “The whole is other than the sum of the parts.” – Kurt Koffka
  42. “Cooperation is the thorough conviction that nobody can get there unless everybody gets there.” – Virginia Burden
  43. “No matter how great the talent or efforts, some things just take time. You can’t produce a baby in one month by getting nine women pregnant.” — Warren Buffett
  44. “I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better.” – Abraham Lincoln
  45. “The way to achieve your own success is to be willing to help somebody else get it first.” – Iyanla Vanzant
  46. “Many hands make light work.” – John Heywood
  47. “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.” – Jin Kwon
  48. “Cooperation is the thorough conviction that nobody can get there unless everybody gets there.” ― Virginia Burden
  49. “It’s better to be alone than in bad company.” ― George Washington
  50. “Understand this if you understand nothing: it is a powerful thing to be seen.” – Akwaeke Emezi
  51. “Effectively, change is almost impossible without industry-wide collaboration, cooperation, and consensus.” – Simon Mainwaring
  52. “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” – Isaac Newton
  53. “Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than the one where they sprang up.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes
  54. “Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than the one where they sprang up.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes
  55. “A group is a bunch of people in an elevator. A team is a bunch of people in an elevator, but the elevator is broken.” — Bonnie Edelstein
  56. “Iteration is the fundamental basis of all improvement.” – Mark Manson
  57. “Individual commitment to a group effort — that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” – Vince Lombardi
  58. “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
  59. “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
  60. “It is the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) that those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.” – Charles Darwin
  61. “In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity” – Sun Tzu
  62. “Never confuse movement with action.” – Ernest Hemingway
  63. “Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That’s why it’s a comfort to go hand in hand.” – Emily Kimbrough
  64. “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.” – Michael Jordan
  65. “It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.” –Napoleon Hill
  66. “Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” – Ryunosuke Satoro
  67. “Great things in business are never done by one person; they’re done by a team of people.” – Steve Jobs
  68. “Our love is so big. It has room for everybody.” — Cari Tuna
  69. “There is no such thing as a self-made man. You will reach your goals only with the help of others.” – George Shinn
  70. “I’m not the smartest fellow in the world, but I sure can pick smart colleagues.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt
  71. “Good teams incorporate teamwork into their culture, creating the building blocks for success.” — Ted Sundquist
  72. “Intellect is the power tool of our separateness. The intuitive, compassionate heart is the doorway to our unity.” – Ram Dass
  73. A team is not a group of people who work together but a team is a group of people who trust each other.” — Simon Sinek
  74. “Collaboration has no hierarchy. The Sun collaborates with soil to bring flowers on the earth.” — Amit Ray
  75. “What people have the capacity to choose, they have the ability to change.” — Madeleine Albright
  76. “Don’t aspire to be the best on the team. Aspire to be the best for the team.” — Brian Tracy
  77. “If you can laugh together, you can work together.” — Robert Orben
  78. “We rise by lifting others” – Robert Ingersoll
  79. “Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.” – Deepak Chopra
  80. “Let us all be the leaders we wish we had.” — Simon Sinek
  81. “Synergy – the bonus that is achieved when things work together harmoniously.” – Mark Twain
  82. “Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.” – Henry Ford
  83. “If you take out the team in teamwork, it’s just work. Now who wants that?” – Matthew Woodring Stover

Team Motivational Quotes

  1. “To be good, and to do good, is all we have to do.” – John Adams
  2. “A team is more than a collection of people. It is a process of give and take.” – Barbara Glacel
  3. “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
  4. “Our destiny is not written for us, it’s written by us” – Barack Obama
  5. “A single arrow is easily broken, but not ten in a bundle.” – Proverb
  6. “It takes two flints to make a fire.” – Louisa May Alcott
  7. “Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” – John Wooden
  8. “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
  9. “The opposite for courage is not cowardice, it is conformity. Even a dead fish can go with the flow.” – Jim Hightower
  10. “If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” – Booker T. Washington
  11. “I’m no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I’m changing the things I cannot accept.” – Angela Davis
  12. “Teamwork is a make or break situation. Either you help make it or the lack of it will break you.” – Kris A. Hiatt
  13. “Failure and invention are inseparable twins. To invent you have to experiment, and if you know in advance that it’s going to work, it’s not an experiment.” – Scott Galloway

Hard Work Quotes

  1. “Hard work beats talent if talent doesn’t work hard.” – Tim Notke
  2. “Someone once told me growth and comfort do not coexist. And I think it’s a really good thing to remember.” – Ginni Rometty
  3. “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
  4. “I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.” – Thomas Jefferson
  5. “True heroes are made of hard work and integrity.” — Hope Solo
  6. “Hard work keeps the wrinkles out of the mind and spirit.” – Helena Rubinstein
  7. “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
  8. “It’s hard work that makes things happen. It’s hard work that creates change.” — Shonda Rhimes
  9. “Diamonds are nothing more than chunks of coal that stuck to their jobs.” – Malcolm Forbes
  10. “Success is very much the intersection of luck and hard work.” — Dustin Moskovitz
  11. “Lead by example, insist on teamwork and instill motivation. Self-discipline is what gets you to work every day, and hard work builds character.” — Dave Mueller
  12. “Elevate true productivity over the appearance of hard work.” — Scott Belsky

I hope you find these teamwork quotes inspirational. Now, it is time to communicate them with your team.

Let me know in the comments what you favorite teamwork quote it.

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About Vit Lyoshin

Since 2011, Vit has worked with product teams, managing mobile, web, and cloud systems development within commercial industries and government. Applying his strong planning, coordinating, communication, interpersonal, and decision-making skills led multiple cross-functional teams to deploy various software products for global and national companies in North America, Europe, and Asia, as well as for the US government.


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