Quotes to Inspire Teamwork and Collaboration
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46 Better Quotes to Celebrate Teamwork and Collaboration

Inspo is so hot right now. Instagram coaches and social media groups are out there killing it with positivity, but the words that guide us at ClearVoice are more practical and targeted: They provide guidelines and mini-manifestos for improved collaboration and teamsmanship. And ClearVoice is all about putting together great teams to collaborate and build brands through building content. 

Do we want to out-rank our competition? Yes. But do we also want to support our peers and help our industry rise? Yes. For the selection of quotes, we borrow from generals and legislators, industry tycoons and spiritual leaders, podcasters and folk musicians. Take their guidance, find your tribe… and thrive.

Teamwork quotes to inspire trust, humility and growth:

'Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable.' - African proverb


'Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable.' - African proverb | #Teamwork | #Quotes Click To Tweet
  • The source: African proverb often cited as Kenyan or from the Bondei people in neighboring Tanzania.
'None of us is as smart as all of us.' - Ken Blanchard | #Teamwork | #Quotes Click To Tweet
  • The source: Ken Blanchard.
  • How did he lead: This unconventional management consultant authored international bestsellers including ‘The One Minute Manager’and ‘High Five’ — wherein this quote was the subtitle.
'Trust is knowing that when a team member does push you, they're doing it because they care about the team.' - Patrick Lencioni | #Teamwork | #Quotes Click To Tweet
  • The source: Patrick Lencioni, in ‘The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable’
  • How did he lead: CEO consultant and founder of the Table Group, this prolific author has written 11 books that have sold over 5 million copies.
'The leader can't be the star player, scoring all the points.' - Gary Burnison | #Teamwork | #Quotes Click To Tweet
  • The source: Gary Burnison, in ‘The Leadership Journey: How to Master the Four Critical Areas of Being a Great Leader’
  • How did he lead: Business book author and CEO of organizational consulting firm Korn Ferry

'In teamwork, silence isn’t golden. It’s deadly.' - Mark Sanborn


'In teamwork, silence isn’t golden. It’s deadly.' - Mark Sanborn | #Teamwork | #Quotes Click To Tweet
  • The source: Mark Sanborn in a 2014 Tweet
  • How did he lead: Bestselling author, in-demand keynote speaker, President of Sanborn & Associates, Inc.
'The greater the loyalty of a group toward the group, the greater is the motivation among the members to achieve the goals of the group, and the greater the probability that the group will achieve its goals.' - Rensis Likert | #Teamwork | #Quotes Click To Tweet
  • The source: Rensis Likert, in ‘The Human Organization’
  • How did he lead: Social scientist who was instrumental in allowing employees to be seen as stakeholders: He pioneered the concept of participative management.
'One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team.' - Kareem Abdul Jabbar | #Teamwork | #Quotes Click To Tweet
  • The source: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  • How did he lead: The NBA’s all-time leading scorer and a 6-time NBA champion, over a 20-year NBA career
'Your corn is ripe today; mine will be so tomorrow. ‘Tis profitable for us both, that I should labour with you today, and that you should aid me tomorrow.' - David Hume | #Teamwork | #Quotes Click To Tweet
  • The source: David Hume, in ‘A Treatise of Human Nature’
  • How did he lead: Historian, philosopher and essayist of the 18th century, Mr. Hume inspired more popularity posthumously for his empirical study of human nature — and conclusion that humans are driven by emotion, not so much reason.


Teamwork quotes to inspire trust, humility and growth:


'Why do you form a team? Because teamwork builds trust, and trust builds speed.' - Russel Honoré | #Teamwork | #Quotes Click To Tweet
'If you can laugh together, you can work together.' - Robert Orben | #Teamwork | #Quotes Click To Tweet
  • The source: Robert Orben, to the Houston Chronicle
  • How did he lead: This multi-talent’s long and illustrious career began as a magician and included a stint as speechwriter to Gerald R. Ford when the politician was veep. In latter decades he focused more on comedy.
'Cursed is the man who has found some other man's work and cannot lose it.' - Mark Twain | #Teamwork | #Quotes Click To Tweet
  • The source: Mark Twain, The New York Times, November 26, 1905
  • How did he lead: The quintessential writer, novelist and humorist of the Gold Rush days… still as celebrated and studied 150 years after his passing.
'People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.' - Vince Lombardi | #Teamwork | #Quotes Click To Tweet
  • The source: Vince Lombardi
  • How did he lead: Pro ice hockey player with 2018 Stanley Cup-winning team the Washington Capitals.

'Until all of us have made it, none of us have made it.' - Rosemary Brown


'Until all of us have made it, none of us have made it.' - Rosemary Brown | #Teamwork | #Quotes Click To Tweet
  • The source: Rosemary Brown
  • How did she lead: Feminist and voice for equal rights, elected official in Canada and the first black woman in the country to attain provincial legislative seat.
'The biggest thing I have realized was that you have to choose your collaborators very carefully, and that not everybody can like you.' - Peter Capaldi | #Teamwork | #Quotes Click To Tweet
  • The source: Peter Capaldi, to Variety
  • How did he lead: Director and actor who has played, among other things, Dr. Who.
'Unless our standards are high in everything, the entire group will retrogress to the lowest level. We'll try to look the neatest and be the cleanest and the smartest. In every possible ramification, we're going to try to shoot for the moon.' - Budd… Click To Tweet
  • The source: Bud Wilkinson, to Sports Illustrated
  • How did he lead: College Football Hall of Fame coach and commentator.
'There is not a single leaf which is a mere ornament; all contribute to the fruitfulness of the earth, and the support of its inhabitants.' - Christoph Christian Sturm | #Teamwork | #Quotes Click To Tweet
  • The source: Christoph Christian Sturm, from ‘Beauties of Nature Delineated’
  • How did he lead: Author and preacher late 18th century Germany.

'When you sing with a group of people, you learn how to subsume yourself into a group consciousness' - Brian Eno


'When you sing with a group of people, you learn how to subsume yourself into a group consciousness... That's one of the great feelings — to stop being me for a little while and to become us. That way lays empathy, the great social virtue.' - Brian eno… Click To Tweet
  • The source: Brian Eno, to NPR
  • How did he lead: English record producer, humanitarian and artist.
'The fundamental law of human beings is interdependence. A person is a person through other persons.' - Archbishop Desmond Tutu | #Teamwork | #Quotes Click To Tweet
  • The source: Archbishop Desmond Tutu (attributed)
  • How did he lead: Religious and societal leader who won the Nobel Peace Prize for his anti-apartheid work.
'It is only as we develop others that we permanently succeed.' - Harvey S. Firestone | #Teamwork | #Quotes Click To Tweet
  • The source: Harvey S. Firestone (attributed)
  • How did he lead: The American businessman and industrialist who founded Firestone Tire.
'The way a team plays as a whole determines its success.' - Babe Ruth | #Teamwork | #Quotes Click To Tweet
  • The source: Babe Ruth
  • How did he lead: Legendary American baseball player.
'Things work well when a group of people know each other, and things break down when it's a bunch of random people interacting.' - Jimmy Wales | #Teamwork | #Quotes Click To Tweet
  • The source: Jimmy Wales to the New Yorker
  • How did he lead: Cofounder of Wikipedia.
'People have been known to achieve more as a result of working with others than against them.' - Dr. Allan Fromme | #Teamwork | #Quotes Click To Tweet
  • The source: Dr. Allan Fromme, to The New York Times
  • How did he lead: American psychologist, writer and media personality known for his “warmhearted” approach to tough topics like marriage, sex and family.
'Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.' - Oprah Winfrey | #Teamwork | #Quotes Click To Tweet
  • The source: Oprah Winfrey (attributed)
  • How did she lead: An American talk show host, actress, author, billionaire, and global icon who built a media empire.
'We can see that all the desirable experiences that we cherish or aspire to attain are dependent upon cooperation and interaction with other sentient beings.' - The Dalai Lama | #Teamwork | #Quotes Click To Tweet
  • The source: The Dalai Lama
  • How did he lead: Spiritual leader of the Tibetan Buddhists.

'One way to remember who you are is to remember who your heroes are.' - Walter Isaacson


'One way to remember who you are is to remember who your heroes are.' - Walter Isaacson | #Teamwork | #Quotes Click To Tweet
  • The source: Walter Isaacson, interviewing Steve Jobs for ‘Steve Jobs’
  • How did he lead: Steve Jobs’ biography author held many other positions including the Managing Editor of Time magazine at the dawn of the digital news age, which was where he first met and interviewed Steve Jobs. He is former CEO and current Distinguished Fellow of think tank The Aspen Institute
'He had orange hair and he was white; I had an Afro and I was black. The first thing I did was say, ‘Come over to my house, have some food and let’s just talk,’ because he was a curious guy, he was interesting, and he wasn’t the usual type of guy that… Click To Tweet
  • The source: Carlos Alomar, in ‘A Portrait of Bowie: A Tribute to Bowie by his Artistic Collaborators & Contemporaries’
  • How did he lead: David Bowie was a musical icon; after meeting him this way, Puerto Rican composer and guitarist Alomar collaborated with him on and off for approximately 30 years — from the mid-1970s to the Aughts.
'Teams share the burden and divide the grief.' - Doug Smith | #Teamwork | #Quotes Click To Tweet
  • The source: Doug Smith (attributed)
  • How did he lead: Former professional ice hockey enforcer.
'If you are able to communicate your feelings, you can speak an international, very articulate language.' - Henry Winkler | #Teamwork | #Quotes Click To Tweet
  • The source: Henry Winkler, in a speech to the 1988 Conference of Orton Dyslexia Society in Los Angeles — later quoted in a profile for Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity 
  • How did he lead: Iconic actor who overcame dyslexia and a poor academic record to attain huge fame as “The Fonz” in the ‘70s. He didn’t win an Emmy till 2018, for an unforgettable performance in HBO’s ‘Barry’. He actually won the United Nations Peace Prize for his dedicated philanthropy and activism related to children’s causes.
'We're in this together, and if we united and we inter-culturally cooperated, then that might be the key to humanity's survival.' - Jeremy Gilley | #Teamwork | #Quotes Click To Tweet
  • The source: Jeremy Gilley, TED Talk lecture
  • How did he lead: Filmmaker, founder of Peace One Day.
'A leader is someone who steps back from the entire system and tries to build a more collaborative, more innovative system that will work over the long term.' - Robert Reich | #Teamwork | #Quotes Click To Tweet
  • The source: Robert Reich (attributed)
  • How did he lead: American Democratic political pundit and professor; former Secretary of Labor who was later on Barack Obama’s economic transition advisory board.

Famous quotes about teamwork and collaboration


'Rock never meant the same thing to everyone, but when I was growing up in the late seventies, everyone could identify the five, ten bands that formed the center.' - Chris Cornell | #Teamwork | #Quotes Click To Tweet
  • The source: Chris Cornell, to Details magazine2012
  • How did he lead? Vocalist and musician at the epicenter of the grunge movement as lead vocalist of Soundgarden.
'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 | #Teamwork | #Quotes Click To Tweet
  • The source: Darryl F. Zanuck
  • How did he lead: Old-school Hollywood studio kingpin and movie producer.
'As a leader your job is to do everything in your power to create the perfect conditions for success by benching your ego and inspiring your team to play the game the right way.' - Phil Jackson | #Teamwork | #Quotes Click To Tweet
  • The source: Phil Jackson, in ‘Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success’
  • How did he lead: The winner of the most NBA championships in the league’s history, Jackson was also a great player and an NBA executive — currently the President of the New York Knicks.
'Individually we are one drop; but together we are an ocean.' - Ryunosuke Satoro | #Teamwork | #Quotes Click To Tweet
  • The source: Ryunosuke Satoro
  • How did he lead: Beloved writer known as the “father of the Japanese short story.”


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Quotes to inspire collaboration and creativity:

Quotes to inspire collaboration and creativity:


'I like the idea of collaboration (with people like that) — it pushes you. It's a richer experience.' - Frank Gehry | #Teamwork | #Quotes Click To Tweet
  • The source: Frank Gehry, TED 2002
  • How did he lead: The most famous postmodern architect.
'Despair shows us the limit of our imagination. Imagination shared creates collaboration, and collaboration creates community, and community inspires social change.' - Terry Tempest Williams | #Teamwork | #Quotes Click To Tweet
  • The source: Terry Tempest Williams, from ‘Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart’
  • How did she lead: Conservationist and voice for social change.
'I like working with people. I believe change can only come through collaboration.' - Alain de Botton | #Teamwork | #Quotes Click To Tweet
  • The source: Alain de Botton, interview with The Independent
  • How did he lead: Philosopher, historian and author who helped found London’s School of Life.
'Collaboration allows us to know more than we are capable of knowing by ourselves.' - Paul Solarz | #Teamwork | #Quotes Click To Tweet
  • The source: Paul Solarz, in a Tweet
  • How did he lead: Leading the little children first, this Westgate Elementary School educator and teacher-influencer is the author of ‘Learn Like a PIRATE: Empower Your Students to Collaborate, Lead, and Succeed’.
'Collaboration is the essence of life. The wind, bees and flowers work together, to spread the pollen.' - Amit Ray | #Teamwork | #Quotes Click To Tweet
  • The source: Amit Ray, in ‘Mindfulness Living in the Moment — Living in the Breath’
  • How did he lead: Scientist turned spiritual thinker. His area of scientific research deals with great existential questions like the nature of consciousness.
'Collaboration allows teachers to capture each other’s fund of collective intelligence.' - Mike Schmoker | #Teamwork | #Quotes Click To Tweet
  • The source: Mike Schmoker
  • How did he lead: Educator and student writing advocate, mostly active now as a speaker and bestselling author.
'Some collaboration has to take place in the mind... before the art of creation can be accomplished. Some marriage of opposites has to be consummated.' - Virginia Woolf | #Teamwork | #Quotes Click To Tweet
  • The source: Virginia Woolf, in ‘A Room of One’s Own’
  • How did she lead: English modernist novelist; one of the leading literary lights of the 20th century.


'Collaboration is the best way to work… Everyone's there because they have a set of skills to offer across the board' - Antony Starr


'Collaboration is the best way to work… Everyone's there because they have a set of skills to offer across the board' - Antony Starr | #Teamwork | #Quotes Click To Tweet
  • The source: Antony Starr
  • How did he lead: This versatile Kiwi actor went from a hit comedy in New Zealand to the gritty Cinemax pulp crime drama ‘Banshee’and is about to take on yet another genre in Amazon Prime superhero show ‘The Boys’.
'Collaboration is much like a birth. The song that springs forth resembles each one of us to a degree, but it’s the kind of thing that would never be born from just one of us sitting down with a guitar.' - Grant-Lee Phillips | #Teamwork | #Quotes Click To Tweet
'Collaboration is a key part of the success of any organization, executed through a clearly defined vision and mission and based on transparency and constant communication.' - Dinesh Paliwal | #Teamwork | #Quotes Click To Tweet
'Collaboration is an important part of the process, and ego is never a part of it.' - Mack Wilberg | #Teamwork | #Quotes Click To Tweet
  • The source: Mack Wilberg, interview with Broadway World
  • How did he lead: Conductor and arranger Mack Wilberg helps shape the celestial choral music of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. He’s been music director there since 2008.
'Life is a collaboration, it's not a solo act.' - Tim Gunn | #Teamwork | #Quotes Click To Tweet
  • The source: Tim Gunn to The New York Times2010
  • How did he lead: Fashion guru and television host with a much anticipated new show on Amazon.
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And a little more inspiration…

Teamwork and collaboration come in all forms. Still one of the biggest parenting wins of the past decade, this father-kid trio’s cover of Depeche Mode’s “Everything Counts” should help anyone find and understand the joy of how working together can make something magical.

Lena Katz

About Lena

Lena Katz's credits as a development producer, casting producer and locations manager include cable TV (WEtv, Revolt, HGTV), and digital-first productions (WhaleRock, mikeroweWORKS, Tastemade). She worked directly for major brands including Suzuki, Hormel and Brown-Forman. Learn more about her company at Variable Content.

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