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14 Quotes to Inspire Great Teamwork

We’ve all heard the saying, “There’s no ‘I’ in team,” but what does it really mean to be part of a group working toward a singular goal? Teamwork is one of the fundamental pillars of society — incredible things are accomplished when people who share the same vision come together to make that vision a reality.

Science has proved that collaborative problem solving — even in a group of only three or four people — is more effective and yields better outcomes than working alone. Building a team and pooling the collective resources and perspectives of its members bolsters the group’s goal, whether it’s studying for a test, winning a game, developing a new technology, or building a community.

These quotes, from coaches, entrepreneurs, educators, and more, celebrate the undeniable value of teamwork.

Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.
Michael Jordan

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The nice thing about teamwork is that you always have others on your side.
Margaret Carty, author

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

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None of us is as smart as all of us.
Ken Blanchard, author and business consultant

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It takes teamwork to make the dream work. If you want to climb a great mountain, you cannot do it alone.
John C. Maxwell, author and pastor

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In order to grow, you need diversity — of experience, opinion, and perspective. Diversity will always be at the core of change. It’s the only way people will find new opportunities, surmount new challenges, and gain new insights.
Frans Johansson, writer and entrepreneur

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Achieving oneness does not guarantee success, but it greatly enhances a team’s chances.
Phil Jackson, basketball coach

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A team is not a group of people who work together. A team is a group of people who trust each other.
Simon Sinek, author

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The way to achieve your own success is to be willing to help somebody else get it first.
Iyanla Vanzant, inspirational speaker

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Unity is strength… where there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.
Mattie Stepanek, poet

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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, industrialist and philanthropist

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Every goal I ever scored belonged to my entire team.
Abby Wambach, soccer player

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Individual commitment to a group effort — that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.
Vince Lombardi, football coach

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Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.
Edward Everett Hale, author

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Kristina Wright
Kristina is a coffee-fueled writer living happily ever after with her family in the suburbs of Richmond, Virginia.
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