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If you’re reading this, you probably know how important TEAMWORK is already. You probably already work in a team with others like yourself. But we all know it’s much easier said than done isn’t it? If you’ve been in some form of a team, you’d know that “Teamwork” isn’t just a word which sounds good and feels good. When it comes down to the crunch, there are so many facets of teamwork which make it work… or not. 

If you’ve asked questions about what teamwork means, you’re surely not alone. Centuries of successful people have done serious mulling over the concept of teamwork and said many wise things about it. If we’re looking towards making teamwork… well, work!… it will do us good to listen and take notes. Here are some famous quotes from the experts through the years.

The Importance of Teamwork

The journey towards building an effective team has to first of all begin with an understanding of the importance of teamwork – why you simply CAN’T do without it. Here some quotes illustrating the importance of teamwork.

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

“Teamwork is so important that it is virtually impossible for you to reach the heights of your capabilities or make the money that you want without becoming very good at it.” –Brian Tracy

“No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it.” -HE Luccock

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

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

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

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



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

“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

“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

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

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

“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

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

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

Relationships Within A Team

“Successful teams struggle, fight and bicker, too. The difference between a Successful Team and a failing team: When these challenges happen, Successful Teams acknowledge and resolve them quickly because the vision, harmony, consistent production, and success of the team is more important than any ‘he say – she say’ drama or counterproductive foolishness.” –Ty Howard

“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


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


“It is amazing how much people can get done if they do not worry about who gets the credit.” –Sandra Swinney


“He who wished to secure the good of others, has already secured his own.” –Confucius

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

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

Trust within a Team

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

“When you form a team, why do you try to form a team? Because teamwork builds trust and trust builds speed.” –Russel Honore

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


 “I’ve always found that the speed of the boss is the speed of the team.” –Lee Iacocca

 “The leaders who work most effectively, it seems to me, never say ‘I.’ And that’s not because they have trained themselves not to say ‘I.’ They don’t think ‘I.’ They think ‘we’; they think ‘team.’ They understand their job to be to make the team function. They accept responsibility and don’t sidestep it, but ‘we’ gets the credit…. This is what creates trust, what enables you to get the task done.” –Peter F. Drucker

 Teamwork as a Culture

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

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


Effectiveness in Teamwork

“I don’t believe in team motivation. I believe in getting a team prepared so it knows it will have the necessary confidence when it steps on a field and be prepared to play a good game.” –Tom Landry


Individual Efforts

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

“One piece of log creates a small fire, adequate to warm you up, add just a few more pieces to blast an immense bonfire, large enough to warm up your entire circle of friends; needless to say that individuality counts but teamwork dynamites.” –Jin Kwon

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

 “Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” –Andrew Carnegie

“There is an amazing beauty and strength in diversity. Everyone has something special to offer, everyone has a gift that can add value to the organization, community and even the world.

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