Teamwork Inspiring Quotes

Working in a team yields varied outcomes. Being effective is important. Greatness emerges because of qualities that elude description. Quotes hold concrete meaning that can shape and inspire your team’s inspiration, cohesion, and action.  We have compiled a list of quotes below to get your team started out on the right track.

Nine Motivational Quotes to Start your Day

“Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things.”
Peter Drucker, Management Consultant
o Notice how this quote questions if the right things are in fact being done. This is when a team can pause to decide is its time to redesign systems and processes.

“For us, someone who is willing to step forward and help is much more courageous than someone who is merely fulfilling the role.”
Margaret J. Wheatley, Management Consultant
o Identifying and supporting a team’s natural leaders and helpers strengthens a team’s skills.

“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.”
Eleanor Roosevelt, Diplomat and Activist
o Words to encourage your team that a new day holds fresh insights and opportunities.

“Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.”
-Albert Einstein, Theoretical Physicist, Nobel Prize Winner
o Learning individual team member’s limits gives the team the knowledge to engage the strengths of other team members where needed.

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”
-Albert Einstein
o Accepting that mistakes are part of innovation encourages people to work together as a team with empathy and acceptance.

“When you form a team, why do you form a team? Because teamwork builds trust and trusts builds speed.”
Russel Honore, U.S. Army Retired Lt. General
o Trust engenders trust and peak performance.

“The best teacher is very interactive.”
-Bill Gates, Business Magnate and Philanthropist
In this case, you are the teacher; the leader the team turns to for feedback, encouragement, and being present.

“One of the things about a great team is that the whole exceeds the sum of its partners.”
Tracy Hickman, Fantasy Author
o You work with a real team, inspiring them to exceed their sum.

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”
Helen Keller
o Helen accomplished more than any deaf-blind person had up to that point, but she couldn’t have done it alone.  Helen’s team of teachers and supporters allowed her have voice to be heard by society.