The 101 Most Motivational Teamwork Quotes

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One dedicated person can move a mountain. An entire team of committed individuals with a burning desire for a mutual cause can change the entire world. In fact, it’s the only thing that has ever changed the world. Behind every major endeavor, there’s a team whose spark has been ignited by a common vision. Let’s celebrate teamwork by having a look at some of the most inspirational teamwork quotes ever. Enjoy reading!

Wherever the spirit of teamwork has transformed individual actors into resilient and flexible teams, success is only a matter of time. At the same time, great teamwork is not necessarily best defined as a group of people working harmoniously together. Instead, excellent teamwork is characterized by a wide variety of different dimensions. Harmony within the team may not always be the defining element.

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

For example, great teams are pushing each other to the limit. In some cases, this can get pretty rough – at least for external bystanders. Similarly, excellent teams are also characterized by individuals who are willing to put the team first and their personal interests second. This may not always be as glamorous as many imagine good teamwork to be – but it’s what helps teams to excel.

Excellent teamwork quotes

Time and time again, history has shown that it’s not always the most talented teams that have managed to accomplish greatness. There are many cases in which an un-homogeneous group of skilled individuals was beaten by less brilliant teams that have perfected the art of teamwork.

The 101 Most Inspirational Teamwork Quotes

What makes the following quotes about teamwork so powerful is that they originate from some of the best team players that have ever lived. These are the people who have managed to build and organize powerful teams that have accomplished the extraordinary. In short, the following teamwork quotes brim with motivational and inspirational insights.

Let’s have a look at these teamwork quotes

1.

“Only by binding together as a single force will we remain strong and unconquerable.“
Chris Bradford

2.

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

3.

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

4.

“If anything goes bad, I did it. If anything goes semi-good, we did it. If anything goes really good, then you did it. That’s all it takes to get people to win football games for you.“
Paul W. Bryant

5.

“There is no ‘I’ in team but there is in win.“
Michael Jordan

6.

“Great things in business are never done by one person, they are done by a team of people.“
Steve Jobs

7.

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

8.

“In business, sport, entertainment and beyond an idea is worth next to nothing. The energy, effort, passion, talent, tenacity, strategy, resilience and resourcefulness to see it through and make something of it is worth everything.“
Rasheed Ogunlaru

9.

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

10.

“To collaborative team members, completing one another is more important than competing with one another.“
John Maxwell

11.

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

12.

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

13.

“When you join teams that change lives, yours will be the first.“
Todd Stocker

14.

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

15.

“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

16.

“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

17.

“When building an organization, build teams. Assign different colors to each team so they create identities, affiliate, and merge to produce all that is needed for success. Balance the colors.“
Jennifer Ritchie Payette

18.

“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

19.

“Individuality counts but teamwork dynamites.”
–Jin Kwon

20.

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

21.

“That’s how a team works. You help the people around you, and everybody’s better off for it. The crazy thing is that most of those guys wanted to be astronauts, too, but they never saw it as a competition. We were on the same team, where you want everyone around you to be as successful as possible because in some way or another their success will become your success.“
Mike Massimino

22.

“Individual commitment to a group effort – that’s what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.“
Vince Lombardi

23.

“Good teams incorporate teamwork into their culture, creating the building blocks for success.“
Ted Sundquist

24.

“Teamwork. A few harmless flakes working together can unleash an avalanche of destruction.“
Justin Sewell

25.

“As we work together as a team, God grows our dreams into something greater than we can accomplish alone.“
Dillon Burroughs

26.

“Teamwork makes the dream work.“
Bang Gae

27.

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

28.

“Numbers does not necessarily guarantee performance. For I have seen a team of 8 outperform a team of 80.“
Awolumate Samuel

29.

“We must all hang together or most assuredly we shall all hang separately.“
Ben Franklin

30.

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

31.

“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

32.

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

33.

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

34.

“Without trust, there’s no cooperation. And without cooperation, there’s no progress. History stops.“
Rick Yancey

35.

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

36.

“At work, or anywhere in life, people should be a team, working for the best of all, not protecting individual egos.“
Jay Woodman

37.

“But we are strong, each in our purpose, and we are all more strong together.“
Bram Stoker

38.

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

39.

“We’re a team. It’s part of our job to help each other out and to forgive each other quickly. Otherwise, we’d never get anything done.“
Jeramey Kraatz

40.

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

41.

“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

42.

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

43.

“My model for business is The Beatles. They were four guys who kept each other kind of negative tendencies in check. They balanced each other and the total was greater than the sum of the parts. That’s how I see business: great things in business are never done by one person, they’re done by a team of people.“
Steve Jobs

44.

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

45.

“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

46.

“Play for the name on the front of the jersey, he says, and they’ll remember the name on the back.“
Ryan Holiday

47.

“Teams share the burden and divide the grief.“
Doug Smith

48.

“On our own, we are marshmallows and dried spaghetti, but together we can become something bigger.“
C.B. Cook

49.

“There is no ‘I’ in team.“
T. Jay Taylor

50.

“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

51.

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

52.

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

53.

“Sometimes changing the game is as simple as finding a few people who play by the same rules as you.“
Curtis Tyrone Jones

54.

“We = power”
Lorii Myers

55.

“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

56.

“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

57.

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

58.

“The key is selecting the right people to join the team, those with the right skills and values, those who embrace our purpose.“
Ken Jennings

60.

“Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together.“
Vesta M. Kelly

61.

“The chain is only as strong as its weakest link, for if that fails the chain fails and the object that it has been holding up falls to the ground.“
Thomas Reid

62.

“We all do better when we work together. Our differences do matter, but our common humanity matters more.“
Bill Clinton

63.

“It should never be ME against the world but WE against the world.“
Janna Cachola

64.

“The imagination is the goal of history. I see culture as an effort to literally realize our collective dreams.“
Terence McKenna

65.

“People achieve more as a result of working with others than against them.“
Dr. Allan Fromme

66.

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

67.

“There are two kinds of people: goal-oriented and ego-oriented. Goal-oriented people work together and get things gone. Ego-oriented people don’t work.“
Charbel Tadros

68.

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

69.

“When our little bit is combined with His greatness, the team is unbeatable.“
James Dobson

70.

“A leader must stand up for his team even when he has to stand alone.“
Farshad Asl

71.

“He who masters the power formed by a group of people working together has within his grasp one of the greatest powers known to man.“
Idowu koyenikan

72.

“Individual development is essential to collective/team success. Show me a team that exudes greatness and I will tell you about their individual commitments.“
Awolumate Samuel

73.

“Every great athlete, artist and aspiring being has a great team to help them flourish and succeed – personally and professionally. Even the so-called ‘solo star’ has a strong supporting cast helping them shine, thrive and take flight.“
Rasheed Ogunlaru

74.

“A Serving Leader who creates a powerful churn of productivity needs a team that can put itself at the service of others.“
John Stahl-Wert

75.

“You cannot lead toxic people but you can inoculate those who can be infected by a toxic person and detoxify the team by ridding it of the toxin.“
Jeffrey G. Duarte

76.

“A choir is made up of many voices, including yours and mine. If one by one all go silent then all that will be left are the soloists.“
Vera Nazarian

77.

“No one made it to the top without the help from others”
Manuel Corazzari

78.

“Large numbers of strangers can cooperate successfully by believing in common myth.“
Yuval Noah Harari

79.

“A leader, without wisdom, is dangerous. A wise person, without leadership, is useless. But if they work together, they are unstoppable.“
Charbel Tadros

80.

“It is great to do what you love but greater with the great team.“
Lailah Gifty Akita

81.

“Ego is the ultimate killer on a team”
Patrick Lencioni

82.

“If you try and lose then it isn’t your fault. But if you don’t try and we lose, then it’s all your fault.“
Orson Scott Card

83.

“I’m very much about letting other people shine because it makes us all shine brighter.“
Chelsea Handler

84.

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

85.

“One hand washes the other.“
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

86.

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

87.

“Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable.“
Kenyan Proverb

88.

“In a highly performing team, everyone achieves better than he/she would have achieved when working alone.“
Israelmore Ayivor

89.

“The greatest ability which differentiates a human being from an animal is the ability to cooperate”
Mohsen Ali

90.

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

91.

“That word is ‘willing.’ It’s an attitude and spirit of cooperation that should permeate our conversations. It’s like a palm tree by the ocean that endures the greatest winds because it knows how to gracefully bend.”
Stephen Kendrick

92.

“We have more success if we think of a project as a group effort, find partners and build a coalition. There is always strength in numbers.“
Mark Randall

93.

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

94.

“One competent go-getter is worth one hundred incompetent do-nothings.“
Kailin Gow

95.

“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

96.

“Don’t build a team that will fuel your ‘ego’. Build a team that has the skills, desire & passion for fueling the ‘vision’.“
Yvonne Pierre

97.

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

98.

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

99.

“Politeness is the poison of collaboration.”
Edwin Land

100.

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

101.

The ability of a group of people to do remarkable things hinges on how well those people pull together as a team.“
Simon Sinek

102.

“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

I hope you enjoyed this collection of the finest teamwork quotes. You may also like: Excellent teambuilding exercises.

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