50 Team Building Quotes to Inspire Great Teamwork

A quote can say so much in so few words, and it doesn’t matter if it’s attributed to an author or not. If the quote inspires you, it becomes yours, and you can use it to support whatever argument you make. The same goes for quotes that inspire teamwork, which can be applied to your company’s approach when encouraging employee collaboration.

Here are the 50 best team-building quotes, compiled from various sources on the internet.

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

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

3) “The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said.” – Peter Drucker

4) “Effective teamwork begins and ends with communication.” – Mike Krzyzewski

5) “Good communication is just as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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

7) “It is always hazardous to express what one has to say indirectly and allusively.”  Walter Pater

8) “If we don’t communicate, we certainly can’t get much done and if we don’t communicate authentically, what we get done is less effective.” Michele Jennae

9) “There is only one rule for being a good talker – learn to listen.” Christopher Morley

10) “The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice.”  Peggy O’Mara

11) “In teamwork, silence isn’t golden. It’s deadly.” Mark Sanborn

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

13) “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

14) “Good management consists in showing average people how to do the work of superior people.” – John Rockefeller

15) “A leader must inspire or his team will expire.” – Orrin Woodward

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

17) “Together, ordinary people can achieve extraordinary results.” – Becka Schoettle

18) “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 

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

20) “To win in the marketplace, you must first win in the workplace.” – Doug Conant 

21) “The most important words that have helped me in life, when things have gone right or when things have gone wrong, are ‘accept responsibility.” – Billie Jean King

22) “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 

23) “I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.” – John Cage

24) “I realized that if I was willing to step up and be in the spotlight, I’d be able to make everyone else around me much more powerful as well.” – Alaina Percival

25) “The first rule of management is delegation. Don’t try to do everything yourself, because you can’t.” – Anthea Turner 

26) “To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” – Tony Robbins

27) “Communication – the human connection – is the key to personal and career success.” – Paul J. Meyer

28) “In the end, a great leader is only known by the impact he or she has on others.” – Jim Stovall 

29) “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney

30) “Teamwork makes the dream work.” – John C. Maxwell

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

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

33) “The only thing worse than starting something and failing… is not starting something.” – Seth Godin

34) “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there” – Will Rogers

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

36) “If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, then you are an excellent leader.” – Dolly Parton

37) “A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts.” – Richard Branson 

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

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

40) “How often misused words generate misleading thoughts.” – Herbert Spencer

41) “Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.” Steve Jobs

42) “I motivate players through communication, being honest with them, having them respect and appreciate your ability and your help.” Tommy Lasorda

43) “Many candles can be kindled from one candle without diminishing it.” – Midrash

44) “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 

45) “If we tried to think of a good idea, we wouldn’t have been able to think of a good idea. You just have to find the solution for a problem in your own life.” – Brian Chesky

46) If you can’t describe what you are doing as a process, you don’t know what you’re doing.” – W. Edwards Deming

47) “Every act of communication is a miracle of translation.” – Ken Liu

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

49) “The great enemy of communication, we find, is the illusion of it.” – William H. Whyte

50) “You can and should set your own limits and clearly articulate them. This takes courage, but it is also liberating and empowering and often earns you new respect.” – Rosalind Brewer

Final Thought

We hope you enjoyed our blog post on team-building quotes. We compiled a list of 50 different quotes that we think are inspirational and will help to build great teamwork. Keep these quotes in mind during your team-building activities so you can get the most out of your team!

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