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128 Teamwork Quotes Inspiring Team To Strive For Greatness

The difference between success and failure is a great team. Never underestimate the power of teamwork. It has the capacity to be a determining factor in whether your business succeeds or not. Working effectively as a team creates momentum, improves morale, wins contests. Sports teams have always been a strong example of teamwork because the players know that if they can’t count on each other, they can’t win the game. Sports players know that there is no “I” in “team.” When everyone is equally dedicated and involved in doing their part, you’ll find that teamwork helps get things done faster and better.

While each of these is absolutely essential in strong teams, one key often seems to be missing – Leadership. A leader is essential to team success. Without a clearly defined leader, the whole team foundation will crumble. A successful leader is one who can spur his or her team members to work well together toward a common vision and goals.

To inspire your team to band together and celebrate collaboration, we’ve gathered some of our favorite quotes on the power of teamwork. Here are 128 quotes from well-known coaches, athletes, business leaders, and authors that will inspire you and your team members to work well together:


“We treat our people like royalty. If you honour and serve the people who work for you, they will honour and serve you.” – Mary Kay Ash


“Someone once told me growth and comfort do not coexist. And I think it’s a perfect thing to remember.” – Ginni Rometty


“No individual can win a game by himself.” – Pele


“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent.” – John Donne


“Unity is strength… when there are teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” – Mattie Stepanek


“The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.” – Phil Jackson


“Never confuse movement with action.” – Ernest Hemingway


“It’s better to be alone than in bad company.” – George Washington


“Politeness is the poison of collaboration.” – Edwin Land


“When we learn how to work together versus each other things might start getting better.”


“Gettin’ good players is easy. Gettin’ ’em to play together is the hard part.” – Casey Stengel


“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


“The bigger the dream, the more important the team.”


“The way a team plays as a whole determines it’s a 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.” – George Herman


“There is no such thing as a self-made man; you will reach your goals only with the help of others.” – George Shinn


“No team works out teamwork.” – Dwyane Wade


“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


“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” – Mark Twain


“A single arrow is easily broken, but not ten in a bundle.” – Japanese Proverb


“A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.”


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


“A group becomes a team when each member is sure enough of himself and his contribution to praise the skills of the others.” – Norman Shidle


“We talk a lot about hope, helping, and teamwork. Our whole message is that we are more powerful together.” – Victoria Osteen


“You add value to people when you value them.”


“It is a fact that in the right formation, the lifting power of many wings can achieve twice the distance of any bird flying alone.”


“It takes two flints to make a fire.” – Louisa May Alcott


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


“Individual commitment to a group effort — that is what makes teamwork, a company work, a society work, a civilisation work.” – Vince Lombardi


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


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


“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” – Ryunosuke Satoro


“Teamwork is how everyday people achieve remarkable goals.”


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


“Amid the chaos, there is also opportunity.” – Sun Tzu


“Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much.” – Helen Keller


“Teamwork is the ability to work as a group toward a common vision, even if that vision becomes extremely blurry.”


“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.” – Michael Jordan


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


“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” – African Proverb


“Surround yourself with a trusted and loyal team. It makes all the difference.” – Alison Pincus


“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


“The dictionary is the only place that success comes before work.” – Vince Lombardi, Jr.


“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


“If you take out the team in teamwork, it’s just workflow who wants that?” – Matthew Woodring Stover


“Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is a success.” – Henry Ford


“Great teamwork is the only way we create the breakthroughs that define our careers.” – Pat Riley


“TEAM. Together Everyone Achieves More.”


“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishment toward organisational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” – Andrew Carnegie


“A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.” – Rosalynn Carter


“We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.


“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.”


“The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team.” – John Wooden


“Once there was a grain of sand that wanted to become a beach, an example of where you can’t always do it all by yourself.”


“Team means Together Everyone Achieves More.”


“Sure there’s no I in the team, but there is a ME.”


“No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it.” – H.E. Luccock


“In union, there is a strength.” – Aesop


“When you need to innovate, you need collaboration.” – Marissa Mayer


“If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” – Isaac Newton


“Hard work beats talent if talent doesn’t work hard.” – Tim Notke


“I am a member of a 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


“Anyone who imagines they can work alone winds up surrounded by nothing but rivals, without companions. The fact is, no one ascends alone.” – Lance Armstrong


“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


“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


“Times of stress and difficulty are not the times when men who are on the same side can afford to think overmuch about the extent of their differences. It is more profitable to think of points of agreement.” – John Henry Joshua Ellison


“A team is not a group of people who work together. A team is a group of people who trust each other.” – Simon Sinek


“Interdependent people combine their own efforts with the efforts of others to achieve their greatest success.” – Stephen Covey


“None of us is as smart as all of us.” – Ken Blanchard


“Teamwork is so important that it is virtually impossible for you to reach the heights of your capabilities or make the money that you want without becoming very good at it.” – Brian Tracy


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


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


“Hard work keeps the wrinkles out of the mind and spirit.” – Helena Rubinstein


“When the ideas are coming, I won’t stop until the ideas stop because that train doesn’t come along all the time.” – Dr Dre


“Collaboration allows teachers to capture each other’s fund of collective intelligence.” – Mike Schmoker


“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” – Booker T. Washington


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


“One will weave the canvas; another will fell a tree by the light of his axe. Yet another will forge nails, and there will be others who observe the stars to learn how to navigate. And yet all will be as one. Building a boat isn’t about weaving canvas, forging nails, or reading the sky. It’s about giving a shared taste for the sea, by the light of which you will see nothing contradictory but rather a community of love.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


“A successful team is a group of many hands and one mind.” – Bill Bethel


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


“Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable.” – Kenyan Proverb


“The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can’t be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it.” – Elbert Hubbard


“Great things in business are never done by one person; they’re done by a team of people.” – Steve Jobs


“It takes both sides to build a bridge.”


“Men work together, I told him from the heart, Whether they work together or apart.” – Robert Frost


“We must all hang together, or most assuredly, we shall hang separately.” – Benjamin Franklin


“It’s better to have a great team than a team of greats.”


“A man may do an immense deal of good if he does not care who gets the credit for it.” – Father Strickland


“Teamwork – a cooperative or combined effort of a group of persons working together as a team for a common cause.”


“A single leaf working alone provides no shade.” – Chuck Page


“I’ve never scored a goal in my life without getting a pass from someone else.” – Abby Wambach


“A snowflake is one of God’s most fragile creations, but look what they can do when they stick together.”


“Respect your fellow human being, treat them fairly, disagree with them honestly, enjoy their friendship, explore your thoughts about one another candidly, work together for a common goal and help one another achieve it.” – Bill Bradley


“No member of a crew is praised for the rugged individuality of his rowing.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson


“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” – Henry Ford


“Teamwork is essential — it allows you to blame someone else.”


“Unity is a strength. . . when there are teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” – Mattie Stepanek


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


“Keep calm. Teamwork makes the dream work.”


“I don’t like that man I must get to know him better.” – Abraham Lincoln


“Teamwork divides the task and multiplies the success.”


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


“With an enthusiastic team, you can achieve almost anything.” – Tahir Shah


“Our destiny is not written for us; it’s written by us.” – Barack Obama


“The whole is other than the sum of the parts.” – Kurt Koffka


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


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


“I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.” – Thomas Jefferson


“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


“Contrary to popular belief, there most certainly is an I in the team. It is the same I that appears three times in responsibility.” – Amber Harding


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


“Tough times don’t last. Tough teams do.”


“I can do things you cannot; you can do things I cannot: together we can do great things.”


“Remember, upon the conduct of each depends on the fate of all.” – Alexander the Great


“Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment.” – Mahatma Gandhi


“To be good, and to do good, is all we have to do.” – John Adams


“When you start out in a team, you have to get the teamwork going, and then you get something back.” – Michael Schumacher


“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


“We rise by lifting others” – Robert Ingersoll


“Success is best when it’s shared.” – Howard Schultz


“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Meade


“The speed of the boss is the speed of the team.” – Lee Iacocca


“When you hand good people possibility, they do great things.” – Biz Stone


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


“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is a success.” – Henry Ford


“The best solution seldom requires that someone be right and someone else be wrong.”


“Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than the one where they sprang up.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes


“Many hands make light work.” – John Heywood


“Regardless of differences, we strive shoulder to shoulder… Teamwork can be summed up in five short words: We believe in each other.”


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

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