Characteristics of a Good Team ... 
An Answer in Quotations

What are the characteristics of a good team? This quote collection provides different perspectives on what makes a good team.

You can also read our popular article on the 
Top Ten Characteristics of High Performing Teams.

Quotes About What Makes a Team Successful

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Teams are successful when they are focused, have a short cycle time, and are supported by the executives. ~Tom Bouchard

A successful team beats with one heart. ~ Unknown

A successful team is a group of many hands but of one mind. ~Bill Bethel

A team with a star player is a good team, but a team without one is a great team. ~ Unknown

A team is a group of people who go out of their way to make each other look good. ~Unknown

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 wont be worth a dime. ~Babe Ruth

The winning team has a dedication. It will have a core of veteran players who set the standards. They will not accept defeat. ~Merlin Olsen

Individual commitment to a group effort — that is what makes a team work a company work, a society work, a civilization work. ~Vince Lombardi (1913-1970), football coach for the NFL

What Characteristics of a Good Team Set them Apart?

What sets apart high-performance teams ... is the degree of commitment, particularly how deeply committed the members are to one another. 
~Jon R. Katzenbach & Douglas K. Smith, from The Wisdom of Teams

Work and self-worth are the two factors in pride that interact with each other and that tend to increase the strong sense of pride found in superior work teams. When people do something of obvious worth, they feel a strong sense of personal worth. ~ Dennis Kinlaw

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

Stellar teams are invariably made up of quirky individuals who typically rub each other raw, but they figure out - with the spiritual help of a gifted leader - how to be their peculiar selves and how to win championships as a the same time. ~ Tom Peters

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What makes a good team is, at least partly, the team members themselves. 
This is nicely said in this quote by Phil Jackson: 
“ The strength of the team is each individual member...the strength of each member is the team.”

The following quotes provide some insights into the characteristics of a good team member:

A group becomes a team when each member is sure enough of himself and his contribution to praise the skills of the others. ~Norman Shidle

Real teams don't emerge unless individuals on them take risks involving conflict, trust, interdependence and hard work.~ Katzenbach & Smith

In order to have a winner, the team must have a feeling of unity; every player must put the team first - ahead of personal glory. 

~ Paul Bear Bryant

If a team is to reach its potential, each player must be willing to subordinate his personal goals to the good of the team. 

~Bud Wilkinson, football coach (1916)

Teamplayer: One who unites others toward a shared destiny through sharing information and ideas, empowering others and developing trust. 

~ Dennis Kinlaw

Ask not what your teammates can do for you. Ask what you can do for your teammates. ~ Magic Johnson

Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.~Oprah Winfrey

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