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101 Amazing Teamwork Quotes to Inspire & Motivate Your Team

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February 10, 2021
101 Amazing Teamwork Quotes to Inspire & Motivate Your Team

Whether you're part of an extensive cross-functional team in a multinational company or manage a small startup, working together toward a common goal is the core principle of any team. However, it's all too easy to start taking your team for granted. To stop reaching and start settling. To let your failures define you. During these challenging times, teamwork quotes and inspiring business advice can give us the boost we need and the motivation we lack.


What makes teamwork quotes inspirational is that the people who said them often made it much further than anyone thought possible, but only because of the excellent teamwork contributing to that success.

Are you looking to motivate and inspire your team? Keep reading to discover 101 quotes about teamwork, building a successful team and business, pushing yourself, perseverance, and overcoming failure.

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By the end of this article, you will have an endless supply of teamwork quotes to help inspire and motivate your teams to do great things.

Motivational quotes for teamwork

Is the tired old cliché, "There's no 'I' in team," the best you have to offer your workforce? No wonder they lack motivation!

Jokes aside, we can sometimes lose sight of what it means to be a team. Or how strong a group can become if they work as one. This is why it's important to remind ourselves of the real value of teamwork and remind your team of their infinite value. Check out these quotes about teamwork to motivate and inspire your team:

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

Phil Jackson – American NBA basketball player and coach

2. "I can do things you cannot; you can do things I cannot: together we can do great things."

Mother Teresa - Albanian-Indian nun and missionary

3. "Tough times don't last. Tough teams do."

Robert Schuller - American pastor, TV personality, speaker, and author

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

Michael Jordan – American NBA basketball player and businessman

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

Halford E. Luccock – American minister and professor 

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

Helen Keller – American author, activist, and disability rights advocate

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

Henry Ford – American business magnate

8. "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 - American entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and author

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

Ryunosuke Satoro – Japanese writer

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

Lewis B. Ergen – American musician

11. "Teamwork is the secret that makes common people achieve uncommon results."

Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha – Nigerian author and educator

12. "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 – American MLB baseball player

13. "The nicest thing about teamwork is that you always have others on your side."

Margaret Carty – American politician

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

Norman Shidle – American author

15. "If you take out the team in teamwork, it's just work. Now who wants that?"

Matthew Woodring Stover - American author

16. "Not finance. Not strategy. Not technology. It is teamwork that remains the ultimate competitive advantage, both because it is so powerful and rare."

Patrick Lencioni - American writer

17. "Learning, without any opportunities to share what we've learned, is a little like cooking for ourselves; we do it, but we probably won't do it as well."

Mike Schmoker – American writer, football coach, teacher, and administrator

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

Isaac Newton - English physicist, astronomer, and mathematician

19. "None of us is as smart as all of us."

Kenneth Blanchard - American author, consultant, and speaker

20. "A single leaf working alone provides no shade."

Chuck Page - American MLB baseball player

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

Oliver Wendell Holmes - American physician and poet

22. "When he took time to help the man up the mountain, lo, he scaled it himself."

Tibetan proverb

23. "The secret is to gang up on the problem, rather than each other."

Thomas Stallkamp - American businessman

24. "Don't aspire to be the best on the team. Aspire to be the best for the team."

Brian Tracy - Canadian-American author and speaker

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

Virginia Burden - American writer

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

Vince Lombardi - American football coach and NFL executive

27. "A successful team is a group of many hands and one mind."

Bill Bethel - American minister and evangelist 

28. "Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable."

Kenyan proverb

29. "We rise by lifting others."

Robert Ingersoll - American writer and orator

30. "You are either supporting the vision or supporting division."

Saji Ijiyemi - Nigerian author

Inspirational teamwork quotes on building a successful team and business

Often, inspirational teamwork quotes emphasize working together, but also thinking together, and, more importantly, having fun together. As a leader, you'll want to get the best out of your team, but efficient project management also means inspiring your team to get the best out of each other, out of the experience, and out of themselves. 

The same goes for building a successful business. Real success is only possible if it's founded on passion and shared goals. And finding the best team means finding those who will share in your love to innovate and create alongside you. Check out these inspirational quotes to learn what business and teamwork success is all about:

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

Henry Ford - American business magnate

32. "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 - Australian activist, evangelist, and speaker

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

Harry S. Truman - American politician and the 33rd US President

34. "Getting good players is easy. Getting them to play together is the hard part."

Casey Stengel - American MLB baseball player and manager

35. "Building a mission and building a business go hand in hand."

Mark Zuckerberg – American entrepreneur, media magnate, and philanthropist

36. "Strategy is not a solo sport, even if you're the CEO."

Max McKeown - English writer and researcher

37. "Teamwork makes the dream work, but a vision becomes a nightmare when the leader has a big dream and a bad team."

John C. Maxwell - American author, speaker, and pastor

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

Iyanla Vanzan - American speaker, lawyer, TV personality, life coach, and author

39. "There is little success where there is little laughter."

Andrew Carnegie – Scottish-American philanthropist and business magnate

40. "I'm as proud of many of the things we haven't done as the things we have done. Innovation is saying no to a thousand things."

Steve Jobs – American business magnate, industrial designer, and investor

41. "A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts."

Richard Branson – English business magnate, investor, and author

42. "Be fast, be first, but never be alone. Nothing can replace the value of teamwork."

Farshad Asl - Iranian business magnate, speaker, and author

43. "If you can laugh together, you can work together."

Robert Orben - American writer

44. "You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do."

Henry Ford - American business magnate

45. "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 - American actress, writer, comedian, producer, and director

46. "In the end, a great leader is only known by the impact he or she has on others."

Jim Stovall – American author and motivational speaker

47. "Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it."

Henry David Thoreau - American essayist, poet, and philosopher

48. "Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful."

Albert Schweitzer - Alsatian theologian, writer, philosopher, and physician

49. "I never dreamed about success. I worked for it."

Estée Lauder - American businesswoman

50. "To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart."

Thomas J. Watson - American businessman

Inspiring quotes about pushing yourself

Achieving success doesn't just mean stepping out of your comfort zone. It means leaving your comfort zone so far behind that it's nothing more than a dot on the horizon behind you. 

Sure, you'll need to work hard, but the terrifying part is taking risks and trying new things. But with significant risks come great rewards. If you or your team need some motivation, check out these inspiring quotes about pushing yourself:

51. "If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try."

Seth Godin - American author, entrepreneur, and speaker

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

Tim Notke - American NBA basketball coach

53. "The secret of getting ahead is getting started."

Mark Twain - American author, entrepreneur, and lecturer

54. "And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom."

Anaïs Nin - French-Cuban American diarist and writer

55. "Almost everything worthwhile carries with it some sort of risk, whether it's starting a new business, whether it's leaving home, whether it's getting married, or whether it's flying into space."

Chris Hadfield - Canadian astronaut, engineer, and fighter pilot

56. "Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you're right!"

Henry Ford - American business magnate

57. "The only way around is through."

Robert Frost - American poet

58. "You must either modify your dreams or magnify your skills."

Jim Rohn - American entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and author

59. "Don't let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning."

Robert Kiyosaki - American businessman and author

60. "If you really want to do something, you'll find a way. If you don't, you'll find an excuse."

Jim Rohn - American entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and author

61. "You shouldn't focus on why you can't do something, which is what most people do. You should focus on why perhaps, you could be one of the exceptions."

Steve Case - American entrepreneur, businessman, and investor

62. "If what you are doing is not moving you towards your personal goals, then it's moving you away from your personal goals."

Brian Tracy – Canadian-American author and motivational speaker

63. "The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will."

Vince Lombardi –  American football coach and NFL executive

64. "Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore."

Andre Gide – French author and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature

65. "If you are afraid to take a chance, take one anyway. What you don't do can create the same regrets as the mistakes you made."

Iyanla Vanzant - American speaker, lawyer, TV personality, life coach, and author

Motivational quotes about persistence

Most motivational teamwork quotes and business focus on the power of attributes such as ambition, hard work, and a clear vision. But, at the core of all of these strengths is the underlying force of persistence. Persistence is what helps us keep on trying, keep on doing, and keep on moving forward. 

If you're the type never to give up, no matter how many people tell you you're nuts or how hard it gets, you're sure to love these motivational teamwork quotes about persistence: 

66. "I'm convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance."

Steve Jobs - American business magnate, industrial designer, and investor

67. "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning."

Albert Einstein – German physicist and winner of the Nobel Prize in physics 

68. "Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway."

Earl Nightingale - American author and radio personality 

69. "It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things."

Leonardo da Vinci – Italian artist, architect, inventor, mathematician, and engineer

70. "If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time."

Steve Jobs - American business magnate, industrial designer, and investor

71. "When you innovate, you've got to be prepared for people telling you that you are nuts."

Larry Ellison - American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist

72. "If you can't fly, then run. If you can't run, then walk. If you can't walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward."

Martin Luther King Jr. - American minister and activist

73. "Diamonds are nothing more than chunks of coal that stuck to their jobs."

Malcolm Forbes - American entrepreneur 

74. "Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time."

Thomas Edison - American inventor and businessman

75. "Success is often achieved by those who don't know that failure is inevitable."

Coco Chanel - French fashion designer and businesswoman

Motivational quotes about overcoming failure

While we're on the subject of failure, some of the most inspiring quotes refer to failure and the lessons you can learn from it. After all, no matter how much success you achieve within your team or business, customer complaints, criticism, mistakes, and even financial losses are inevitable. 

Hearing how others we see as success stories have overcome mistakes and problems can be one of the best motivation sources. Their words can also help us recognize that mistakes and failures are learning opportunities that can guide us toward bigger and better things. Here are some of the best motivational quotes about overcoming failure:

76. "The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing."

Henry Ford - American business magnate

77. "Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."

Thomas Edison - American inventor and businessman

78. "Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor."

Truman Capote - American author and actor

79. "There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure."

Colin Powell - American politician, diplomat, and the 65th US Secretary of State

80. "Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit."

Napoleon Hill - American author

81. "Success is not final, failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts."

Winston Churchill - English politician and UK Prime Minister

82. "Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you're going to do now and do it."

William Durant - American automobile pioneer

83. "Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."

Helen Keller -  American author, political activist, disability rights advocate, and lecturer

84. "Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning."

Bill Gates - American business magnate, software developer, and philanthropist

85. "When we give ourselves permission to fail, we, at the same time, give ourselves permission to excel."

Eloise Ristad - American author

86. "The real test is not whether you avoid this failure because you won't. It's whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere."

Barack Obama - American politician, attorney, and the 44th US President 

87. "Every problem is a gift - without problems, we would not grow."

Anthony Robbins - American author, coach, speaker, and philanthropist

88. "There is no such thing as failure. Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction."

Oprah Winfrey - American talk show host, producer, actress, philanthropist, and author

89. "Don't be distracted by criticism. Remember, the only taste of success some people get is to take a bite out of you."

Hilary 'Zig' Ziglar - American author, businessman, and motivational speaker

Inspiring quotes about achieving personal growth and excellence

By working within a team and never losing sight of your goals, you can achieve success and excellence. But sometimes, we need reminding of the great things we're still yet to perform and that we should never settle or stop reaching.

Here are some inspiring quotes to help you remember that the best way to become the best version of yourself is to always focus on how much more growing, learning, and hard work you have within you:

90. "You were not born a winner, and you were not born a loser. You are what you make yourself be."

Lou Holtz – American football player and coach

91. "What lies behind us and what lies before us are but tiny matters compared to what lies within us."

Ralph Waldo Emerson – American poet, essayist, lecturer, and philosopher

92. "You are not your resumé, you are your work."

Seth Godin - American author, entrepreneur, and speaker

93. "If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary."

Jim Rohn - American entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and author

94. "The day you think there is no improvement to be made is a sad one."

Lionel Messi - Argentine soccer player

95. "Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it."

Lou Holtz - American football player and coach 

96. "The secret of change is to focus all your energy, not on fighting the old but on building the new."

Socrates - Greek philosopher

97. "Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."

Will Rogers - American actor, stage performer, humorist, and newspaper columnist 

98. "Far and away, the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing."

Theodore Roosevelt - American statesman, historian, writer, and the 26th US President

99. "When you win you don't get carried away. But if you go step by step, with confidence, you can go far."

Diego Maradona - Argentine soccer player and soccer manager

100. "When you realize nothing is lacking, the whole world belongs to you." 

Lao Tzu – Ancient Chinese philosopher and writer

101. "When all is said and done, and we've completed this journey we call life, what will matter most is not what we achieve, but rather who we have become."

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10 Actionable tips to get the best out of your team

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These teamwork quotes and success are sure to get you all feeling motivated and inspired. But there's a lot more to getting the best out of your team than reciting the words of others. Instead, what you need are actionable methods to incite effective teamwork and collaboration:

1. Hire the right people for each role.

A team of people who love working together can only achieve so much if they're not suited to their roles. This is why you must choose the right people for each and every job. Place people in roles they're not built for, and your team's performance, productivity, and happiness will all suffer as resentment and frustration grow. 

  

2. Get to know your team as individuals.

The only way mutual trust and respect can develop between you and your team is to get to know them as individuals personally. 

You could argue that our shift toward telecommuting makes it more challenging to build a strong relationship with your team. But checking in on each member with regular one-on-one Zoom calls is a great way to make your team feel valued despite the physical distance.

3. Use each member's strengths to your advantage.

Once you know your team members personally, it'll become more comfortable to use their strengths and talents to your advantage. Teams that work well together do so because of the unique individual contributions of each member. However, it's up to you as their leader to organize them in a way that allows each member to thrive and contribute their best. 

 

4. Define roles.

Failing to define who is in charge of what, who each member reports to, and who makes the final call can easily lead to a lack of accountability, confusion, and even potential conflict. Not to mention, your team will find it hard to get anything done if they don't know who to turn to when an issue pops up. Avoid this happening by giving all of your team clearly defined roles. 

 

5. Use the best team task management software.

With the best project management tool at your fingertips, you'll find organizing your team and structuring their work a lot easier. 

With TrueNxus, the best team task management tool for effective teamwork, you'll have everything you need for inspirational teamwork to take center stage at your company.

TrueNxus allows you to manage all of your team's tasks in one central location, offering an intuitive user interface and a range of unique features that no other management software can compete with. 

6. Establish long-term goals.

Clearly defined roles and the best team task management software can help organize your team to work together better. But it's also vital to make sure everyone is on the same page when it comes to your long-term goals. 

Introduce these goals during the hiring process as a way to include any newcomers in this vision. This way, everyone will be working toward the same company goal, making collaboration and accomplishing team objectives a lot easier. 

 

7. Encourage communication and feedback.

Your employees need to feel comfortable expressing their ideas and opinions to work well together. But they also need to be aware of how to share their views in a safe and respectful atmosphere that aligns with the company's communication preferences. Make your communications and feedback policy clear during the hiring process to avoid any confusion and miscommunication. 

 

8. Set a protocol for resolving conflict.

No matter how harmonious your team is, it's inevitable that not all communication and feedback will be positive. Having a plan to deal with conflict when it arises will make it easier to spin an unpleasant situation into an opportunity to learn and grow as a team.  

The best way to ensure your conflict resolution protocol works for you and your team is to establish it together. This protocol could involve individual meetings, anonymous feedback sheets, or mediation. Regardless of the strategy, acknowledging the conflict is the first step to resolving it, but your focus should always be on the problem itself rather than the individuals involved. 

9. Include teamwork in performance reviews.

Reviewing your team members on team participation and their ability to work together will show them how serious you are about teamwork and collaboration. 

Refer back to their teamwork contributions throughout the review period and highlight their strengths and weaknesses. It would be best to give each of them a team work-related target to work on for the future.  

10. Get together outside the office.

Encouraging your team to have fun in the workplace is essential. But it can be difficult for employees to loosen up enough to get to know each other in a place they associate with work. 

This is why getting together outside the office should form a core part of your team-building strategy. Taking your team out of the office will open up the dialogue beyond work, helping them forge more in-depth and meaningful connections.  

101 of the most motivational quotes to inspire you and your team

Have these teamwork quotes and business tips gotten you feeling motivated and raring to go? We hope these teamwork quotes can help inspire and motivate your teams to operate at peak performance.


No matter how big or small your team and regardless of the industry you work in, it's great to seek inspiration in the wise words of others. But, while sports players, entrepreneurs, and politicians might know a lot about achieving excellence, you and your team are the only ones who know how you all work together best. 

If you're looking for information on how to make your team and business thrive, try TrueNxus for free today!