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Why Teamwork Works: 20 Quotes About Collaboration

When a group of people work effectively toward a shared goal, their collective potential and impact exceeds the individual’s reach. Teams unite athletes, students, co-workers, neighbors, political allies, and other groups of people, and through collaboration, each participant reaches new challenges and opportunities that they cannot access alone.

People united as a team can accomplish amazing and, sometimes, unexpected things, because each member of a team brings unique traits, experiences, and competencies to the table. Collaboration also strengthens and expands our interpersonal skills: Many team members build meaningful connections and relationships as they weather life’s ups and downs together, learning from shared losses and celebrating shared wins. These 20 quotes speak to the remarkable power of teamwork.


Teamwork is really a form of trust. It's what happens when you surrender the mistaken idea that you can go it alone and realize that you won't achieve your individual goals without the support of your colleagues.
— Pat Summitt, basketball coach

I'm very conscious of the fact that you can't do it alone. It's teamwork. When you do it alone you run the risk that when you are no longer there nobody else will do it.
— Wangari Maathai, environmentalist

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

Teamwork gives you the best opportunity to turn vision into reality.
— John C. Maxwell, pastor, speaker, and author

It is the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) that those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.
— Charles Darwin

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

All for one and one for all.
— Alexandre Dumas

It takes two flints to make a fire.
— Louisa May Alcott

It's not about working hard, it's about working together. You have to care more about the team than you do about yourself.
— John Calipari, basketball coach

Cooperation is the thorough conviction that nobody can get there unless everybody gets there.
— Virginia Burden, author

Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than the one where they sprang up.
— Oliver Wendell Holmes, Supreme Court Justice

No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it.
— H.E. Luccock, American Methodist minister and professor

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

Unity is strength... when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.
— Mattie Stepanek, youth poet and peace advocate

It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.
— Harry S. Truman

Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.
— Helen Keller

Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.
— Amy Poehler

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

Great things in business are never done by one person, they're done by a team of people.
— Steve Jobs

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