We'll lead off this page dedicated to teamwork quotes with a direct, succinct quote from Aristotle. "The whole is greater than the sum of it's parts."
While there may be certain philosophical differences in teamwork theories, I believe you'll find the most successful among them contain the essence of that message.
And since we're all involved in some sort of group effort in our lives, I thought a page dedicated to teamwork quotes could add some value for all of our readers.
The inspiration and direction found in these teamwork quotes apply to business, school, parenting, or relationship compatibility. Those of us who have completed the original phase of raising kids, that is to say they have left the house and "gone out on their own," know that being on the same page and working as a team certainly makes that job easier.
Since we've already been when they are now, we know that uncertainty and apprehension is part of their list of daily challenges. These quotes will help them break through those roadblocks as well. Part of our role as the most important teacher for our children is to offer the benefit our own success and failure.
If you've been married for any length of time, you also know that the wisdom in these teamwork quotes applies there too.
For those in the workforce, for those building a business or creating a new project, these quotes will help you realize the importance of putting together and appreciating the efforts of the group who will help in the overall success of the goal.
John Maxwell's great book "The 21 Irrefutable Laws Of Leadership" has a place in our list of classic books. He has another excellent edition that focuses on teamwork, aptly titled "The 17 Indisputable Laws Of Teamwork." One of those laws is included in a quote from the author.
"What gets rewarded gets done. If you praise and honor the people who epitomize the values of the team, those values get embraced and upheld by other members of the team. There is no better reinforcement."
"Good things happen to a team when a player takes the place where he adds the most value. Great things happen when all the players on the team take the role that maximizes their strengths—their talent, skill, and experience."
"For the person trying to do everything alone, the game really is over. If you want to do something big, you must link up with others. One is too small a number to achieve greatness. That’s the Law of Significance."
"Great things in business are never done by one person. They're done by a team of people."
"Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected."
"Technology is nothing. What's important is that you have a faith in people, that they're basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they'll do wonderful things with them."
"None of us is as smart as all of us." Ken Blanchard (Author of "The One-Minute Manager")
"Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success." Henry Ford
"No one can whistle a symphony. It takes an orchestra to play it." H.E. Lubbock
"A group becomes a team when each member is sure enough of himself and his contribution to praise the skill of the others." Norman Hidle
"Interdependent people combine their own efforts with the efforts of others to achieve their greatest success." Stephen Covey
"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 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
"Unity is strength. . . when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved." Mattie Stepanek
"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
“It marks a big step in your development when you come to realize that other people can help you do a better job than you could do alone." Andrew Carnegie
"The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team." John Wooden
"Earn your success based on service to others, not at the expense of others." H. Jackson Brown
"Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships." Michael Jordan
"Behind an able man there are always other able men." Chinese Proverb
The following quotes may not appear to be directly related to teamwork, but as with all wisdom from Zig Ziglar, they apply to every area of our lives.
Just below are two more pages loaded with inspiring quotes. Please don't be misled by the title of the failure quotes page. Our definition of failure is too often what holds us back from achievement. If that sounds like you, please check out our page about failure stories. I think you'll come away with a better viewpoint on the temporary aspect of failure.