Yes, it takes a village and it also takes a team. What does it take to make the most of every member of your team?
“Teams cannot be inspired if they don’t know what they’re working toward and don’t have explicit goals. Those goals should be challenging (modest ones don’t motivate) but not so difficult that the team becomes dispirited. They also must be consequential," writes Martine Haas, associate professor of management at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and Mark Mortensen, associate professor and the chair of the Organizational Behaviour Area at INSEAD, in Harvard Business Review.
Managing team dynamics as a leader or collaborating as a team member can be tricky. Here are some of the best quotes about team work from a variety of thought leaders, entrepreneurs and business leaders. These inspirational quotes on teamwork will get you team building in no time.
Lest we forget, the USA Hockey Women’s Team in 2017 demonstrated the power of team work and resistance as a team working for a singular goal.
Noting the threat to boycott the International Ice Hockey Federation world championship in Michigan was real and imminent, the women’s team insisted in their less-than-playful negotiations that being paid a total of $6,000 for six months out of the four-year training period leading up the Olympic Games is neither acceptable nor fair. And because they each individually persisted in a group effort toward their common goal, they won because they demonstrated their power to ask, the ability to work together and teamwork and collaboration.
Teamwork makes the dream work, right? Hopefully these teamwork quotes will help you and your great team reach success. Of course, team building is a joint effort, but effective teamwork means that everyone needs to put in their own work, individually. They each need to have the ability to work together and they each need to show an individual commitment to the organizational objectives. When that happens, common people with a common vision can come together to make something great happen.
What are your favorite quotes about team work or other team-building quotes about work success surrounding a common goal? Share your inspirational teamwork quotes with us!
Michele Weldon is a journallist, author, editorial director of Take The Lead and senior leader with The OpEd Project. Her most recent book is Escape Points: A Memoir.