60 Teamwork Quotes for Working Smart and Smoothly Together

Teamwork is essential in many areas of life to go further. To find success an individual could only dream of.

No matter if that’s in your business, at work, in school, while playing sports or with family and friends.

But good or even great teamwork isn’t something that’s always easy to achieve.

So in this post I’d like to share the best and most helpful teamwork quotes that I’ve found.

To motivate new viewpoints and progress, inspire collaboration and bring your common vision or goal over obstacles and then into reality.

And if you want more motivation for work, school or your business then be sure to have a look at 175 Inspirational Quotes for Work and also 125 Work Ethic Quotes to Supercharge Your Motivation and Success.

Motivational Teamwork Quotes

Image of people around a table working at their computers.

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

2. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
– Margaret Mead

3. “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

4. “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

5. “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

6. “Cooperation is the thorough conviction that nobody can get there unless everybody gets there.”
– Virginia Burden

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

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

9. “A team is not a group of people who work together but a team is a group of people who trust each other.”
– Simon Sinek

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

A teamwork quote by Napoleon Hill.

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

12. “A team is more than a collection of people. It is a process of give and take.”
– Barbara Glacel and Emile Robert Jr.

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

14. “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

15. “True greatness is almost never achieved alone; behind it is most often a group of highly motivated people supporting each other.”
– Rip Miller

16. “If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.”
– Booker T. Washington

17. “The best way to meet great people is through other great people. So find one great person first and then connect and build from there.”
– Julie Cargile

18. “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

Insightful Teamwork Quotes to Help You Win

Motivation will only go so far when it comes to teamwork though. Working smarter is usually more important when you’re doing weeks, months or even years of work together.

So in this section I’d like to share some thoughts on teamwork that I think are pretty insightful.

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

20. “The way to achieve your own success is to be willing to help somebody else get it first.”
– Iyanla Vanzant

A teamwork quote by Mark Sanborn.

21. “In teamwork, silence isn’t golden, it’s deadly.”
– Mark Sanborn

22. “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

23. “There is no such thing as a self-made man. You will reach your goals only with the help of others.”
– George Shinn

24. “Collaboration allows us to know more than we are capable of knowing by ourselves.”
– Paul Solarz

25. “Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.”
– Stephen R. Covey

26. “It’s amazing how much you can accomplish when it doesn’t matter who gets the credit.”
– Harry S. Truman

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

28. “The speed of the boss is the speed of the team.”
– Lee Iacocca

29. “I’m not the smartest fellow in the world, but I sure can pick smart colleagues.”
– Franklin D. Roosevelt

30. “Effectively, change is almost impossible without industry-wide collaboration, cooperation, and consensus.”
– Simon Mainwaring

31. “The best team of individuals doesn’t win nearly as much as a team that can truly communicate and respect each other.”
– Julie Brown

A teamwork quote by Isaac Newton.

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

33. “What separates the good players from a great player is that a great player is willing to give up their own personal achievement for the achievement of the group.”
– Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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

35. “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

36. “The secret is to work less as individuals and more as a team.”
– Knute Rockne

37. “Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than the one where they sprang up.”
– Oliver Wendell Holmes

38. “If two men on the same job agree all the time, then one is useless. If they disagree all the time, both are useless.”
– Darryl F. Zanuck

39. “If you can laugh together, you can work together.”
– Robert Orben

Short Quotes for Better Teamwork

I’d like to end this post with some of the quickest and most powerful quotes I’ve found.

I hope you enjoy and get something good out of this bunch that gets right to the point.

40. “Tough times don’t last. Tough teams do.”
– Robert Schuller

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

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

A teamwork quote by Henry Ford.

43. “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.”
– Henry Ford

44. “The path to greatness is along with others.”
– Baltasar Gracian

45. “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”
– Helen Keller

46. “A single arrow is easily broken, but not ten in a bundle.”
– Japanese Proverb

47. “I invite everyone to choose forgiveness rather than division, teamwork over personal ambition.”
– Jean-Francois Cope

48. “It takes both sides to build a bridge.”
– Fredrik Nael

49. “Surround yourself with a trusted and loyal team. It makes all the difference.”
– Alison Pincus

50. “Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.”
– Ryunosuke Satoro

51. “We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.

52. “The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.”
– Vidal Sassoon

53. “Many hands make light work.”
– John Heywood

54. “When you hand good people possibility, they do great things.”
– Biz Stone

55. “Everyone is needed, but no one is necessary.”
– Bruce Coslet

56. “When spiders unite, they can tie down a lion.”
– Ethiopian Proverb

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

58. “You are either supporting the vision or supporting division.”
– Saji Ijiyemi

59. “Teamwork makes the dream work.”
– John Maxwell

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

If you liked these teamwork quotes then share them with a friend, family member or group leader that could make good use of them on social media or via email.

Want even more motivation and practical help? Have a look at this post with 22 tips for how to stay positive at work and also this one with plenty of Monday motivation to get your week started on the right foot.

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  • What an inspiring collection of teamwork quotes! Each quote resonates deeply with the essence of collaboration, unity, and the collective strength that propels teams towards success. It’s a fantastic reminder that individual commitment fuels group efforts, and the synergy of a team can overcome any obstacle. The diverse range of quotes caters to various aspects of teamwork, making it a valuable resource for anyone striving for excellence in their personal and professional life. Thank you for sharing these motivational insights—truly a powerful guide to working smart and smoothly together! ? #TeamworkMakesTheDreamWork

  • Regardless of the context, teamwork is the key to success. These quotations perfectly reflect the spirit of cooperation and the power that comes from unity.
    They remind us that by banding together, we can overcome challenges, accomplish our objectives, and have a
    positive influence on the world. These statements encourage us to work together, support
    one another, and achieve new heights whether we're in business, sports, or other spheres
    of life.

  • Absolutely, the quote beautifully captures the essence of teamwork and collaboration. It highlights the power of individual commitment within a group, emphasizing that when each team member is dedicated and motivated, their collective strength can overcome any obstacle. This philosophy underscores the significance of unity and cooperation in achieving success, showing that together, teams can achieve remarkable results that might be unattainable by individuals working alone.