Team Building Quotes

When you use team building quotes properly, they can very well help you to improve the performance of your team.

Out of all the priorities that you – as a busy manager – have, if there is one thing you must pay attention to, it is to effectively build your team.

To see what you need to consider in order to build a high performance team, please click here.

I have chosen these quotes here below because I am convinced that they will help you in your team building efforts – please read them carefully.

I have subdivided them in eight categories – the order of these categories is according to what I think you will find most useful:

  • Team building quotes from Patrick Lencioni
  • Team building quotes from Jack Welch
  • Team building quotes from Lee Iacocca
  • Team building quotes from a remarkable executive
  • Team building quotes from contemporary authors
  • Quotes that have endured the test of time
  • Quotes from sports
  • And quotes from unknown sources

    Enjoy …

    Team building quotes from Patrick Lencioni:

    Building a cohesive leadership team is the first critical step that an organization must take if it is to have the best chance at success.
    - Patrick Lencioni

    If you could get all the people in an organization rowing in the same direction, you could dominate any industry, in any market, against any competition, at any time.
    - In one of his books, Patrick Lencioni mentions this quote from one of his friends – but he doesn’t cite the actual name

    Not finance. Not strategy. Not technology. It is teamwork that remains the ultimate competitive advantage, both because it is so powerful and so rare.
    - Patrick Lencioni

    Teamwork remains a sustainable competitive advantage that has been largely untapped because it is hard to measure (teamwork impacts the outcome of an organization in such comprehensive and invasive ways that it’s virtually impossible to isolate it as a single variable) and because it is extremely hard to achieve (it requires levels of courage and discipline that few executives possess) – ironically, building a strong team is very simple (it doesn’t require masterful insights or tactics).
    - Patrick Lencioni

    Building a strong team is both possible and remarkably simple. But is painfully difficult.
    - Patrick Lencioni

    As difficult as it is to build a team, it is not complicated. In fact, keeping it simple is critical, whether you run the executive staff at a multi-national company, a small department within a larger organization, or even if you are merely a member of a team that needs improvement.
    - Patrick Lencioni

    The team you belong to must come ahead of the team you lead: this is putting team results (e.g., organizational needs) ahead of individual agendas (e.g., the team or division you lead, your ego, your need for recognition, your career development, etc.) Confidentiality is respected downward more than it is respected upward. Organizational alignment is a direct result of this hierarchy (if it were the other way around, organizational alignment would be very difficult to achieve).
    - Patrick Lencioni

    Team building quotes from Jack Welch:

    The team with the best players usually does win – this is why you need to invest the majority of your time and energy in developing your people.
    - Jack Welch

    If you managed a baseball team, would you listen more closely to the team accountant or the director of player personnel?
    - Jack Welch

    Every employee, not just the senior people, should know how a company is doing.
    - Jack Welch

    Lack of candor blocks smart ideas, fast action, and good people contributing all the stuff they’ve got. It’s a killer.
    - Jack Welch

    My bosses cautioned me about my candor. Now my GE career is over, and I’m telling you that it was my candor that helped make it work.
    - Jack Welch

    Some people have better ideas than others; some are smarter or more experienced or more creative. But everyone should be heard and respected.
    - Jack Welch

    Just because you are the boss doesn’t mean you are the source of all knowledge.
    - Jack Welch

    Ideally, the star will be replaced within eight hours. This sends the message that no single individual is bigger than the company.
    - Jack Welch

    Managers often hold on to resisters because of a specific skill set or because they’ve been around for a long time. Don’t.
    - Jack Welch

    Protecting underperformers always backfires.
    - Jack Welch

    Team building quotes from Lee Iacocca:

    A major reason capable people fail to advance is that they don’t work well with their colleagues.
    - Lee Iacocca

    I've always found that the speed of the boss is the speed of the team.
    - Lee Iacocca

    Team building quotes from a remarkable executive:

    You put together the best team that you can with the players you've got, and replace those who aren't good enough.
    - Robert Crandall

    Team building quotes from contemporary authors:

    Interdependent people combine their own efforts with the efforts of others to achieve their greatest success.
    - Stephen Covey

    None of us is as smart as all of us.
    - Ken Blanchard

    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

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

    Team building quotes that have endured the test of time:

    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

    Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.
    - Henry Ford

    We must all hang together, or assuredly, we shall all hang separately.
    - Benjamin Franklin

    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

    United we stand, divided we fall.
    - Aesop

    Team building quotes from sports:

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

    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

    One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team.
    - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    Team building quotes from unknown sources:

    If you want to be incrementally better - be competitive. If you want to be exponentially better - be cooperative.
    - Unknown

    Teamwork is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.
    - Unknown

    Teamwork divides the task and double the success.
    - Unknown

    Teamwork: Simply stated, it is less “me” and more “we.”
    - Unknown

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