50 Effective Teamwork Quotes To Spur Unity & Collaboration

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The evolution of mankind has always depended on joining hands with each other. From ancient pyramids to space crafts everything is possible only because of teamwork. This process goes on in parallel with time. However, at certain points, everyone working together needs a boost to keep them on track both physically and mentally. And to address it, various famous leaders from different fields have delivered some powerful teamwork quotes to boost morale and keep teams united.

But before beginning with our list of quotes on teamwork, let’s quickly understand a few things.

What is a Team?

A team is a group of people bearing the same ideologies that fuel their ability to work together for achieving common goals. It has two important aspects associated with it i.e.

  • Team building
  • Teamwork

Team building is the process of bringing in like-minded individuals who are contributing individually for a common vision. And teamwork is the ability of every individual to understand each other in a group and efficiently allocating tasks amongst all for scaling the efficiency.

In my view, a team is just like a tree that you need to keep nourishing over the course of time for making it stronger and harness the fruitful outcomes.

Therefore, it is important that you encourage and build a culture where employees trust and respect each other.

Learn more: The difference between teamwork and team building?

Here are 50 teamwork quotes to inspire teamwork, celebrate hard work, and strengthen the unity among your team members.

50 Best Teamwork Quotes To Inspire Your Workforce

1. Abraham Lincoln


I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better.

2. Simon Sinek

A team is not a group of people who work together. A team is people who trust each other.

3. Brian Tracy

Don’t aspire to be the best on the team. Aspire to be the best for the team.

4. Robert Schuller

Tough times don’t last. Tough teams do.

5. Patrick Lencioni

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

6. Matthew Woodring Stover


If you take out the team in teamwork, it’s just work. Now who wants that?*

7. Isaac Newton

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

8. Oliver Wendell Holmes

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

9. Henry Ford

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

10. Ryunosuke Satoro

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

11. Patrick Lencioni


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

12. Tibetan Proverb

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

13. Mother Teresa

I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot: together we can do great things.

14. Virginia Burden

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

15. Marissa Mayer

When you need to innovate, you need collaboration.

16. Babe Ruth


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.

17. Tobio Kageyama

You don’t win alone. That’s just how it is.

18. Martin Luther King, Jr.

We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.

19. Amy Poehler

Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life forever.

20. Alison Pincus

Surround yourself with a trusted and loyal team. It makes all the difference.

21. Margaret Carty


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

22. Michael Jordan

Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.

23. Vince Lombardi

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

24. Simon Mainwaring

Effectively, change is almost impossible without industry-wide collaboration, cooperation, and consensus.

25. Christine Caine

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.

26. Abby Wambach


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

27. Ken Blanchard

None of us is as smart as all of us.

28. Phil Jackson

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

29. Booker T. Washington

If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.

30. Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha

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

31. Harry Truman


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

32. Reid Hoffman

No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you’re playing a solo game you’ll always lose out to a team.

33. H.E. Luccock

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

34. Lewis B. Ergen

The ratio of We’s to I’s is the best indicator of the development of a team.

35. Louisa May Alcott

It takes two flints to make a fire.

36. George Shinn


There is no such thing as a self-made man. You will reach your goals only with the help of others.

37. Thomas Stallkamp

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

38. Moira Alexander

Strong and cohesive teams thrive when leaders highlight how much they all have in common, not how much he or she stands above from the crowd.

39. Amit Ray

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

40. Andrew Carnegie

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.

41. Althea Gibson


No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helped you.

42. Scharf

When ‘I’ is replaced by “we” even ‘illness’ becomes ‘wellness’.

43. Joe Paterno

When a team outgrows individual performance and learns team confidence, excellence becomes a reality.

44. James Cash Penny

The best teamwork comes from men who are working independently toward one goal in unison.

45. Norman Shidle

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

46. Max McKeown


Strategy is not a solo sport, even if you’re the CEO.

47. Fredrik Nael

It takes both sides to build a bridge.

48. Robin Sharma

The bigger the dream, the more important to the team.

49. Helen Keller

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.

50. Margaret Mead


Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.

These were some of the teamwork quotes said by great personalities from different fields. Now, it’s your turn to communicate it with your teams. And for this you can either include these quotes to start off the day on group chats or make some posters and paste around the workplace.

This article is written by Shreya Dutta who is a content writer and marketer at Vantage Circle. She is passionate about all things literature and entrepreneurship. To get in touch, reach out to editor@vantagecircle.com

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