You can spend hours reading business books and browsing blogs about teamwork, but then sometimes one little quote just seems to say more than an entire book ever could.
And since every team can use a little extra motivation once in awhile, we set out to find the best quotes about teamwork for you to share with your employees to get your team working at their best.
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In the list below, we’ve also included shareable visual versions of each quote so that you can easily drop your favorite teamwork quote into an email or Slack channel when your team needs that extra motivation. So, without further ado, here are 25 of the best inspirational quotes about teamwork…
The Little Prince, the Big Idea
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is best known as the author of the children’s classic The Little Prince. He was also an enthusiastic aviator, and knew that it’s better to fly as a flock than to fly alone.
“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up 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
Take a Bite of the Apple
If anyone deserved to run a company named after the most famous symbol for knowledge, it was Steve Jobs. At Apple he rallied teams to successes that continue to resonate today.
“Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.” – Steve Jobs
How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall?
Practice. And industrialist philanthropist Andrew Carnegie knew that if each team member gave their all, the collected effort would lead to success.
“[Teamwork] is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” – Andrew Carnegie
You Don’t Need Eyes to See
Don’t tell Helen Keller that she had disabilities. She knew that a person is more than the sum of their parts.
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller
Little Women Do Big Things
Author Louisa May Alcott wrote the novel Little Women, which is as influential now as it was when first published in 1868, and knows that characters, like people, work best together.
“It takes two flints to make a fire.” – Louisa May Alcott
Start Your Engines
Henry Ford built cars, but his most famous innovation was the factory assembly line, which took teamwork to a whole new level.
“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” – Henry Ford
Keep Your Eye on the Ball
Paul W. Bryant, commonly known as Bear Bryant, was the head coach of the University of Alabama football team for 25 years. During that time, they won six national championships and 13 conference championships. Now that’s teamwork!
“If anything goes bad, I did it. If anything goes semi-good, we did it. If anything goes really good, then you did it.” – Bear Bryant
You’ve read Aesop’s fables in school. Maybe you should go back and read the Greek storyteller again. There’s a lot of wisdom in those stories.
“In union there is strength.” Aesop
What’s the Sound of One Team Working?
A proverb is a simple saying that gains popularity over time. This Tibetan proverb is deceptively simple, and offers a great lesson on teamwork.
“When he took time to help the man up the mountain, lo, he scaled it himself.” – Tibetan Proverb
A Cultural Icon
Margaret Mead was a cultural anthropologist who spent her life studying the holistic view of human nature. So, who better to comment on the nature of teamwork than the icon herself!
“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
Ken Blanchard is a management guru, best known for his 13-million-copies sold tome The One Minute Manager. It takes even less time than that to read his insightful quote.
“None of us is as smart as all of us.” – Ken Blanchard
We’re All in the Huddle
Bo Schembechler was one of the most victorious college football coaches in history. So, it’s wise to listen when he’s offering advice on teamwork.
“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
You might have come across this quote by Margaret Carty. It’s a good one. Oddly, there’s little to no biographical information on her. It’s a mystery, and who doesn’t love a mystery?
“The nicest thing about teamwork is that you always have others on your side.” – Margaret Carty
Silent But Deadly
Entrepreneur Mark Sanborn is a wealth of wisdom, and thankfully he likes to share the wealth.
“In teamwork, silence isn’t golden, it’s deadly.” – Mark Sanborn
Let’s Go Teamwork!
Management and teamwork expert Patrick Lencioni is best known for his bestselling book The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, so he’s someone all teams should listen to.
“Trust is knowing that when a team member does push you, they’re doing it because they care about the team.” – Patrick Lencioni
President Franklin D. Roosevelt got the United States through the Great Depression and the Second World War. He knew it wasn’t just what you can do, but what you and your team can accomplish.
“I’m not the smartest fellow in the world, but I sure can pick smart colleagues.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
Follow the Leader
Leadership pro and author Saji Ijiyemi knows that a leader is only as good as the team supporting them.
“You are either supporting the vision or supporting division.” – Saji Ijiyemi
It’s All About Perspective
Japanese short story writer Ryūnosuke Satoro is best known as the author of “In a Grove.” It was famously adapted by director Akira Kurosawa as as the movie Rashōmon, which retold a story from several different participants’ perspectives.
“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” – Ryūnosuke Satoro
Fake news? Maybe. Lewis B. Ergen is another attributed quote whose author is elusive to the research department here at ProjectManager.com. But if this is a fake quote, the sentiment behind it isn’t.
“The ratio of We’s to I’s is the best indicator of the development of a team.” –Lewis B. Ergen
If Africa is the cradle of civilization, then there’s a lot we can learn from there, as this Kenyan proverb proves.
“Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable.” – Kenyan Proverb
Self-help author Napoleon Hill wrote a book called Think and Grow Rich. Those are two things we can all get behind.
“It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.” –Napoleon Hill
Hit It Out of the Park
Baseball legend Babe Ruth is so famous they named a candy bar after him. But his real worth is that he was but one part of one of the winningest teams ever, the New York Yankees.
“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
I Think I Can Fly
What can’t Michael Jordan do? The basketball star has parlayed his post-sports career into a powerful empire, and his sneakers are pretty great, too. He’s also right on about teamwork.
“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” – Michael Jordan
Maxwell’s Silver Leadership
John C. Maxwell was a leadership visionary, but even from his perch on top he could see the importance of teamwork.
“Teamwork makes the dream work.” – John C. Maxwell
Army general Joseph Stilwell led troops during the Second World War. For him, teamwork was the difference between life and death.
“The higher a monkey climbs, the more you see of its behind.” — Joseph Stilwell
Bonus Quotes: Because ‘Lost’ Is For Life Lessons
Nobody wants to talk to me about ABC’s ‘Lost’ anymore (it’s only been 8 years since it last aired!) but the series was a goldmine of life advice. So before I leave you, here are some of my favorite teamwork quotes from the show:
“If we can’t live together, we’re going to die alone.” – Jack Shephard
“A leader can’t lead ’til he knows where he’s going.” – John Locke
“Stop thinking how ridiculous it is, and start asking yourself whether or not you believe it’s going to work. That’s why it is called a ‘leap of faith,’ Jack.” – Eloise Hawking
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