100 Best Teamwork Quotes To Inspire Collaboration


We’ve all heard it: “There’s no ‘I’ in team.” It’s one of those teamwork quotes that pretty much everyone knows. But there are plenty of other terrific inspirational words and teamwork quotes to use when you want to encourage a sense of togetherness for a meeting, class, or within a small group. These teamwork quotes can truly inspire and encourage.

Here are 100 teamwork quotes to motivate collaboration.

Teamwork Quotes To Inspire

He who cannot be a good follower cannot be a good leader. – Aristotle

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

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

Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. – Edward Everett Hale

Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. – Edward Everett Hale

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

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

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

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

Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean. – Ryūnosuke Akutagawa

Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean. - Ryūnosuke Akutagawa

We are stronger when we listen, and smarter when we share. – Rania Al-Abdullah

We are stronger when we listen, and smarter when we share. - Rania Al-Abdullah

I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers. – Ralph Nader

I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers. - Ralph Nader- teamwork quotes

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

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

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

Success is best when it's shared. - Howard Schultz

A boat doesn’t go forward if each one is rowing their own way. – Swahili proverb

A boat doesn't go forward if each one is rowing their own way. - Swahili Proverb- teamwork quotes

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. – Aristotle

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts. - Aristotle

No task is too great, no accomplishment too grand, no dream too far-fetched for a team. It takes teamwork to make the dream work. – John Maxwell

No task is too great, no accomplishment too grand, no dream too far-fetched for a team. It takes teamwork to make the dream work. - John Maxwell

If you don’t seek perfection, you can never reach excellence. – Ken Blanchard

If you don't seek perfection, you can never reach excellence. – Ken Blanchard- teamwork quotes

Teamwork requires that everyone’s efforts flow in a single direction. Feelings of significance happen when a team’s energy takes on a life of its own. – Pat Riley

Teamwork requires that everyone's efforts flow in a single direction. Feelings of significance happen when a team's energy takes on a life of its own. – Pat Riley

What divides us pales in comparison to what unites us. – Ted Kennedy

What divides us pales in comparison to what unites us. – Ted Kennedy

No one, however smart, however well educated, however experienced, is the suppository of all wisdom. – Tony Abbott

No one, however smart, however well educated, however experienced, is the suppository of all wisdom. – Tony Abbott

Leadership is not something you do to people. It’s something you do with people. – Ken Blanchard

Leadership is not something you do to people. It's something you do with people. – Ken Blanchard- teamwork quotes

Teamwork gives you the best opportunity to turn vision into reality. – John Maxwell

Teamwork gives you the best opportunity to turn vision into reality. – John Maxwell

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

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

A player who makes a team great is more valuable than a great player. Losing yourself for the group, for the good of the group—that’s teamwork. – John Wooden

A player who makes a team great is more valuable than a great player. Losing yourself for the group, for the good of the group—that's teamwork. – John Wooden

I’m very conscious of the fact that you can’t do it alone. It’s teamwork. When you do it alone, you run the risk that when you are no longer there, nobody else will do it. – Wangari Maathai

I'm very conscious of the fact that you can't do it alone. It's teamwork. When you do it alone, you run the risk that when you are no longer there, nobody else will do it. – Wangari Maathai

Teamwork is what the Green Bay Packers were all about. They didn’t do it for individual glory. They did it because they loved one another. – Vince Lombardi

Teamwork is what the Green Bay Packers were all about. They didn't do it for individual glory. They did it because they loved one another. – Vince Lombardi

Teamwork is what makes common people capable of uncommon results. – Pat Summitt

Teamwork is what makes common people capable of uncommon results. – Pat Summitt

Think of yourself as an athlete. I guarantee you it will change the way you walk, the way you work, and the decisions you make about leadership, teamwork, and success. – Mariah Nelson

Think of yourself as an athlete. I guarantee you it will change the way you walk, the way you work, and the decisions you make about leadership, teamwork, and success. – Mariah Nelson- teamwork quotes

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

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

To me, teamwork is a lot like being part of a family. It comes with obligations, entanglements, headaches, and quarrels. But the rewards are worth the cost. – Pat Summitt

To me, teamwork is a lot like being part of a family. It comes with obligations, entanglements, headaches, and quarrels. But the rewards are worth the cost. – Pat Summitt

The kinds of errors that cause plane crashes are invariably errors of teamwork and communication. – Malcolm Gladwell

The kinds of errors that cause plane crashes are invariably errors of teamwork and communication. – Malcolm Gladwell- teamwork quotes

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

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

Teamwork is neither “good” nor “desirable.” It is a fact. Wherever people work together or play together, they do so as a team. Which team to use for what purpose is a crucial, difficult, and risky decision that is even harder to unmake. – Peter Drucker

Teamwork is neither "good" nor "desirable." It is a fact. Wherever people work together or play together, they do so as a team. Which team to use for what purpose is a crucial, difficult, and risky decision that is even harder to unmake. – Peter Drucker

Trust is the foundation of real teamwork (there is nothing touchy-feely about this). – Patrick Lencioni

Trust is the foundation of real teamwork (there is nothing touchy-feely about this). – Patrick Lencioni

The truth is that teamwork is at the heart of great achievement. – John Maxwell

The truth is that teamwork is at the heart of great achievement. – John Maxwell

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

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

It is not in numbers but in unity that our great strength lies. – Thomas Paine

It is not in numbers but in unity that our great strength lies. – Thomas Paine

Build for your team a feeling of oneness, of dependence on one another and of strength to be derived by unity. – Vince Lombardi

Build for your team a feeling of oneness, of dependence on one another and of strength to be derived by unity. – Vince Lombardi

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

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- teamwork quotes

The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people. – Theodore Roosevelt

The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people. – Theodore Roosevelt

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

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

Individual commitment to a group effort—that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work. – Vince Lombardi

Individual commitment to a group effort—that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work. – Vince Lombardi

You can’t force your will on people. If you want them to act differently, you need to inspire them to change themselves. – Phil Jackson

You can't force your will on people. If you want them to act differently, you need to inspire them to change themselves. – Phil Jackson

When indeed shall we learn that we are all related one to the other, that we are all members of one body? – Helen Keller

When indeed shall we learn that we are all related one to the other, that we are all members of one body? – Helen Keller- teamwork quotes

There is a tremendous strength that is growing in the world through sharing together, praying together, suffering together, and working together. – Mother Teresa

There is a tremendous strength that is growing in the world through sharing together, praying together, suffering together, and working together. – Mother Teresa

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. – Robin Jones Gunn

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. – Robin Jones Gunn- teamwork quotes

We cannot win in team situations or in relationships by ourselves. It is like trying to pick up a pencil with only one finger. … Teamwork is a bit like using all of your fingers. Each one is unique and contributes something different, but they unite in pursuit of a common goal. – Terry Orlick

We cannot win in team situations or in relationships by ourselves. It is like trying to pick up a pencil with only one finger. … Teamwork is a bit like using all of your fingers. Each one is unique and contributes something different, but they unite in pursuit of a common goal. – Terry Orlick

Teamwork does not come naturally. Let’s face it. We are born with certain inclinations, but sharing isn’t one of them. – Pat Summitt

Teamwork does not come naturally. Let's face it. We are born with certain inclinations, but sharing isn't one of them. – Pat Summitt

Collaboration has no hierarchy. The Sun collaborates with soil to bring flowers on the earth. – Amit Ray

Collaboration has no hierarchy. The Sun collaborates with soil to bring flowers on the earth. – Amit Ray- teamwork quotes

A major reason capable people fail to advance is that they don’t work well with their colleagues. – Lee Iacocca

A major reason capable people fail to advance is that they don't work well with their colleagues. – Lee Iacocca

Every one of us is blind and deaf until our eyes are opened to our fellowmen, until our ears hear the voice of humanity. – Helen Keller

Every one of us is blind and deaf until our eyes are opened to our fellowmen, until our ears hear the voice of humanity. – Helen Keller

Persuasive influences are better than any amount of moralizing. – Louisa May Alcott

Persuasive influences are better than any amount of moralizing. – Louisa May Alcott

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

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

How could you have a soccer team if all were goalkeepers? How would it be an orchestra if all were French horns? – Desmond Tutu

How could you have a soccer team if all were goalkeepers? How would it be an orchestra if all were French horns? – Desmond Tutu

Leaders have to search for the heart on a team, because the person who has it can bring out the best in everybody else. – Mike Krzyzewski

Leaders have to search for the heart on a team, because the person who has it can bring out the best in everybody else. – Mike Krzyzewski

The first step is, if you don’t believe it yourself, your team darn sure won’t. – Rex Ryan

The first step is, if you don't believe it yourself, your team darn sure won't. – Rex Ryan- teamwork quotes

Each player on this team whether he shines in the spotlight or eats dirt on the line, must be an All-American. – Omar Bradley

Each player on this team whether he shines in the spotlight or eats dirt on the line, must be an All-American. – Omar Bradley- teamwork quotes

When everyone is united in purpose, a positive purpose that serves not only the organization but also, hopefully, the world beyond it, you have a winning team. – Colin Powell

When everyone is united in purpose, a positive purpose that serves not only the organization but also, hopefully, the world beyond it, you have a winning team. – Colin Powell

Extraordinary potential exists in all of us. With the right environment, resources, skills and knowledge, “ordinary” people can produce extraordinary results. – Kevin Eikenberry

Extraordinary potential exists in all of us. With the right environment, resources, skills and knowledge, "ordinary" people can produce extraordinary results. – Kevin Eikenberry

Extraordinary results happen only when you give the best you have to become the best you can be at your most important work. – Gary Keller

Extraordinary results happen only when you give the best you have to become the best you can be at your most important work. – Gary Keller- teamwork quotes

The only way we can get by in this world is through the help we receive from others. No one can do it alone, no matter how great the machines are. – Amy Poehler

The only way we can get by in this world is through the help we receive from others. No one can do it alone, no matter how great the machines are. – Amy Poehler

Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, What’s in it for me? – Brian Tracy

Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, What's in it for me? – Brian Tracy

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. In fact, it’s the only thing that ever has. – Margaret Mead

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. In fact, it's the only thing that ever has. – Margaret Mead- teamwork quotes

Players that learn the value of hard work, commitment, teamwork, and sacrifice are the ones that make their teams great. – Tom Crean

Players that learn the value of hard work, commitment, teamwork, and sacrifice are the ones that make their teams great. – Tom Crean

A player has to be selfish in the pursuit of the development of his skills, but he cannot be selfish when it comes time to blend them in with what’s good for his team. – Pete Carril

A player has to be selfish in the pursuit of the development of his skills, but he cannot be selfish when it comes time to blend them in with what's good for his team. – Pete Carril

Look for the good in every person and every situation. You’ll almost always find it. – Brian Tracy

Look for the good in every person and every situation. You'll almost always find it. – Brian Tracy

In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed. – Charles Darwin

In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed. – Charles Darwin- teamwork quotes

Define your goals in terms of the activities necessary to achieve them, and concentrate on those activities. – Brian Tracy

Define your goals in terms of the activities necessary to achieve them, and concentrate on those activities. – Brian Tracy

When you agree to collaborate, you agree to jump off a cliff holding hands with everyone, hoping the resourcefulness of each will insure that you all land on your feet. – Frank Gehry

When you agree to collaborate, you agree to jump off a cliff holding hands with everyone, hoping the resourcefulness of each will insure that you all land on your feet. – Frank Gehry

I’m empowered to stand here thanks to the ensemble of actors, men and women, who I shared the screen with and who in ways they will never understand made me a better actor. – Tom Hanks

I'm empowered to stand here thanks to the ensemble of actors, men and women, who I shared the screen with and who in ways they will never understand made me a better actor. – Tom Hanks

I think I have learned that the best way to lift one’s self up is to help someone else. – Booker T. Washington

I think I have learned that the best way to lift one's self up is to help someone else. – Booker T. Washington- teamwork quotes

A common vision can unite people of very different temperaments. – Tim Keller

A common vision can unite people of very different temperaments. – Tim Keller

Competition has been shown to be useful up to a certain point and no further, but cooperation, which is the thing we must strive for today, begins where competition leaves off. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

Competition has been shown to be useful up to a certain point and no further, but cooperation, which is the thing we must strive for today, begins where competition leaves off. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

Every kind of peaceful cooperation among men is primarily based on mutual trust and only secondarily on institutions such as courts of justice and police. – Albert Einstein

Every kind of peaceful cooperation among men is primarily based on mutual trust and only secondarily on institutions such as courts of justice and police. – Albert Einstein

Besides each one of us working individually, all of us have got to work together. We cannot possibly do our best work as a nation unless all of us know how to act in combination as well as how to act each individually for himself. – Theodore Roosevelt

Besides each one of us working individually, all of us have got to work together. We cannot possibly do our best work as a nation unless all of us know how to act in combination as well as how to act each individually for himself. – Theodore Roosevelt

The happiest people are those who do the most for others. The most miserable are those who do the least. – Booker T. Washington

The happiest people are those who do the most for others. The most miserable are those who do the least. – Booker T. Washington- teamwork quotes

We must seek, above all, a world of peace; a world in which peoples dwell together in mutual respect and work together in mutual regard. – John F. Kennedy

We must seek, above all, a world of peace; a world in which peoples dwell together in mutual respect and work together in mutual regard. – John F. Kennedy

And your work reflects a tradition that runs through our history—a belief that we’re greater together than we are on our own. – Barack Obama

And your work reflects a tradition that runs through our history—a belief that we're greater together than we are on our own. – Barack Obama

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

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

It is that fundamental belief, I am my brother’s keeper, I am my sister’s keeper that makes this country work. It’s what allows us to pursue our individual dreams and yet still come together as one American family. E pluribus unum. Out of many, one. – Barack Obama

It is that fundamental belief, I am my brother's keeper, I am my sister's keeper that makes this country work. It's what allows us to pursue our individual dreams and yet still come together as one American family. E pluribus unum. Out of many, one. – Barack Obama

We are plunged in a long and grievous struggle. But all will come right if we all work together to the end. – Winston Churchill

We are plunged in a long and grievous struggle. But all will come right if we all work together to the end. – Winston Churchill

The efficiency of a group working together is directly related to the homogeneity of the work they are performing. – Luther Gulick

The efficiency of a group working together is directly related to the homogeneity of the work they are performing. – Luther Gulick

Your team will get stronger when you begin to build yourself. Teams are made up of individuals who work together … and get their own job done. – Jeffrey Gitomer

Your team will get stronger when you begin to build yourself. Teams are made up of individuals who work together ... and get their own job done. – Jeffrey Gitomer

To lead a successful life, then, it’s a good idea to work out what you really want. Then get together some plans. Then set some goals. – John C. Parkin

To lead a successful life, then, it's a good idea to work out what you really want. Then get together some plans. Then set some goals. – John C. Parkin

I collaborate with my wife on the songs, and every aspect of it, really—composing, and arranging, and recording, all that business. We have a rhythm and a way of working it. It’s kind of like borrowing the same ten bucks from somebody over and over again. – Tom Waits

I collaborate with my wife on the songs, and every aspect of it, really—composing, and arranging, and recording, all that business. We have a rhythm and a way of working it. It's kind of like borrowing the same ten bucks from somebody over and over again. – Tom Waits

All shall work together for good; everything is needful that He sends; nothing can be needful that He withholds. – John Newton

All shall work together for good; everything is needful that He sends; nothing can be needful that He withholds. – John Newton

I can’t change you and you can’t change me, but together we can work to change the world. – Germany Kent

I can't change you and you can't change me, but together we can work to change the world. – Germany Kent

Men of thought seldom work well together, whereas between men of action there is usually an easy camaraderie. – Eric Hoffer

Men of thought seldom work well together, whereas between men of action there is usually an easy camaraderie. – Eric Hoffer

Winning is what happens when commitment, desire, talent, preparation, hard work, and leadership all come together. – Tom Coughlin

Winning is what happens when commitment, desire, talent, preparation, hard work, and leadership all come together. – Tom Coughlin

“The shouts of triumph become infectious, and I lift my voice to join in, running toward my teammates. Christina holds the flag up high, and everyone clusters around her, grabbing her arm to lift the flag even higher.” – Veronica Roth from Divergent

The shouts of triumph become infectious, and I lift my voice to join in, running toward my teammates. Christina holds the flag up high, and everyone clusters around her, grabbing her arm to lift the flag even higher. – Veronica Roth from Divergent

If we use our technological imagination, if we can work together to harness the light of the Sun, the power of the wind, and the strength of rushing streams, then we will succeed. – Jimmy Carter

If we use our technological imagination, if we can work together to harness the light of the Sun, the power of the wind, and the strength of rushing streams, then we will succeed. – Jimmy Carter

It is not usual to speak of an employee as a partner, and yet what else is he? – Henry Ford

It is not usual to speak of an employee as a partner, and yet what else is he? – Henry Ford

Golden hours of vision come to us in this present life, when we are at our best, and our faculties work together in harmony. – Charles Fletcher Dole

Golden hours of vision come to us in this present life, when we are at our best, and our faculties work together in harmony. – Charles Fletcher Dole

There’s something beautifully friendly and elevating about a bunch of guys playing music together. … It’s really teamwork, one guy supporting the others, and it’s all for one purpose. – Keith Richards

There's something beautifully friendly and elevating about a bunch of guys playing music together. … It's really teamwork, one guy supporting the others, and it's all for one purpose. – Keith Richards

Involve people in the problem and work out the solution together. – Stephen Covey

Involve people in the problem and work out the solution together. – Stephen Covey

Life is too short, time is too precious, and the stakes are too high to dwell on what might have been. We have to work together for what still can be. – Hillary Clinton

Life is too short, time is too precious, and the stakes are too high to dwell on what might have been. We have to work together for what still can be. – Hillary Clinton

a moral consideration of the utmost importance for us: we must respect individual differences, yet we must coordinate, work together, and act as one. – Norman Lamm

… a moral consideration of the utmost importance for us: we must respect individual differences, yet we must coordinate, work together, and act as one. – Norman Lamm

When many work together for a goal, great things may be accomplished. It is said a lion cub was killed by a single colony of ants. – Sakya Pandita

When many work together for a goal, great things may be accomplished. It is said a lion cub was killed by a single colony of ants. – Sakya Pandita

Tapestries are made by many artisans working together. The contributions of separate workers cannot be discerned in the completed work, and the loose and false threads have been covered over.  – Sheldon Lee Glashow

Tapestries are made by many artisans working together. The contributions of separate workers cannot be discerned in the completed work, and the loose and false threads have been covered over.  – Sheldon Lee Glashow

Teamwork Quotes About Failure

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

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

Good attitudes among players do not guarantee a team’s success, but bad attitudes guarantee its failure. – John Maxwell

Good attitudes among players do not guarantee a team's success, but bad attitudes guarantee its failure. – John Maxwell

A leader has to be positive about all things that happen to his team. Look at nothing in the past as failure. – Mike Krzyzewski

A leader has to be positive about all things that happen to his team. Look at nothing in the past as failure. – Mike Krzyzewski

Teamwork Quotes About Learning

Learning is a result of listening, which in turn leads to even better listening and attentiveness to the other person. – Alice Miller

Learning is a result of listening, which in turn leads to even better listening and attentiveness to the other person. – Alice Miller

When teams are truly learning, not only are they producing extraordinary results, but the individual members are growing more rapidly than could have occurred otherwise. – Peter Senge

When teams are truly learning, not only are they producing extraordinary results, but the individual members are growing more rapidly than could have occurred otherwise. – Peter Senge

Collaboration is important not just because it’s a better way to learn … learning to collaborate is part of equipping yourself for effectiveness, problem-solving, innovation and life-long learning in an ever-changing networked economy. – Don Tapscott

Collaboration is important not just because it's a better way to learn ... learning to collaborate is part of equipping yourself for effectiveness, problem-solving, innovation and life-long learning in an ever-changing networked economy. – Don Tapscott

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