Team Building Quotes
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25 motivational team building quotes.

Though perfect for coaches and players in the locker room during teambuilding and leadership activities, they speak powerfully to anyone who is part of a team.

Boy, do these quotes bring back memories from my college basketball days!

Every season, the same old thing…

Each season brought in a new group of recruits - complete strangers to all of us returning players.

And Coach gave us the challenge of learning how to become a team.


It wasn't always easy, and it sure didn't happen overnight. But somehow by the time the conference tournament rolled around, we had become a tight unit. We weren't strangers anymore; far from it.

As I look back now over my college career, it was those teammates I remember more than anything else.

Sure, we won some big games (and lost some, too!), but it was because of my teammates that those memories are special. I have long forgotten the numbers on the stat sheets, but I'll always remember the members of my team.

The sport sayings below really capture what it takes to be part of a team. But it takes a lot more than just team building quotes to learn the meaning of teamwork!

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"Teamwork does not come naturally. Let's face it. We are born with certain inclinations, but sharing isn't one of them." – Pat Summitt

"Laugh with each other, not at each other." - Unknown

"Be prepared, physically and mentally. There is no substitute for physical fitness and desire. A great team has both. Be prepared for rugged physical combat as well as exhausting mental strain." - Unknown

"Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success." – John C. Maxwell

"No problem is insurmountable. With a little courage, teamwork, and determination a person can overcome anything." – B. Dodge

"Teamwork gives you the best opportunity to turn vision into reality." – John C. Maxwell


"It marks a big step in your development when you come to realize that other people can help you do a better job than you could do alone." – Andrew Carnegie

"To me, teamwork is a lot like being part of a family. It comes with obligations, entanglements, headaches, and quarrels. But the rewards are worth the cost." - Pat Summitt

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." – Helen Keller

"We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools." – Martin Luther King, Jr.

"The freedom to do your own thing ends when you have obligations and responsibilities. If you want to fail yourself – you can – but you cannot do your own thing if you have responsibilities to team members." – Lou Holtz

"Practice the 101 Percent Principle. Whenever possible, find the 1 percent you do agree on in a difficult situation, and give it 100 percent of your effort." – John C. Maxwell

"We have not come to compete with one another. We have come to complete one another." - Bill McCartney

"If you can laugh together, you can work together." – Robert Orben

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"When your great players are team players, everybody else follows their lead. The best team doesn't always win – it's usually the team that gets along best." – John C. Maxwell

"Team leaders have to connect with their team and themselves. If they don't know their team's strengths and weaknesses, they cannot hand off responsibilities to the team. And if they don't know their own strengths and weaknesses, they will not hand off responsibilities to the team." – John C. Maxwell

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"Teamwork requires that everyone's efforts flow in a single direction. Feelings of significance happen when a team's energy takes on a life of its own." – Pat Riley

"Bringing together disparate personalities to form a team is like a jigsaw puzzle. You have to ask yourself: what is the whole picture here? We want to make sure our players all fit together properly and complement each other, so that we don't have a big piece, a little piece, an oblong piece, and a round piece. If personalities work against each other, as a team you'll find yourselves spinning your wheels." – Pat Summitt

"Opponents are working very hard to defeat us. Let's not do it for them by defeating ourselves from within." – John Wooden

"The objective in any team sport is to transform the group from a mere collection of talented individuals into a highly cohesive unit so that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts." – Colleen Hacker

"Chemistry is a contribution that teammates make to each other, but it's also something a coach can create or facilitate." – Tony DiCicco

"Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work. If one falls down, his friend can help him up." – Qoheleth

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

“Me lift thee and thee lift me, and we'll both ascend together.” – John Greenleaf Whittier

"The absolute heart of loyalty is to value those people who tell you the truth, not just those people who tell you what you want to hear. In fact, you should value them most. Because they have paid you the compliment of leveling with you and assuming you can handle it." – Pat Summitt

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