Quotes that Define Teamwork – 
What Teamwork Means to Different People ...


Define teamwork for me …Someone once posed that challenge to me, and I discovered that a definition for teamwork isn’t that easy!

There’s no simple or perfect answer. I could give you a dictionary definition of teamwork (in fact, there's one at the bottom of the page), but it just doesn’t convey the full picture.

So I've put together the following collection of quotes. You can read what teamwork means in the words of others.... a whole page of different perspectives defining teamwork.

These quotes should go a long way to clarifying what teamwork means to you. If not, there's always that dictionary definition to fall back on!



If you want to define teamwork without relying on 
quotations, jump to the bottom of the page to 
a more academic definition of teamwork.


Quotes that Define Teamwork

Teamwork: Simply stated, it is less me and more we. ~Author Unknown

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


Some wise spark decided to modify Andrew Carnegie’s efforts to define teamwork, and came up with their own amusing version ….

Teamwork is the ability to work as a group toward a common vision, even if that vision becomes extremely blurry. ~Author Unknown


Teamwork is working together — even when apart. ~Author Unknown

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Coming together, sharing together, working together, succeeding together. ~Author Unknown

TEAM = Together Everyone Achieves More. ~Author Unknown

A team is more than a collection of people. It is a process of give and take.~ Barbara Glacel & Emile Robert Jr.

Regardless of differences, we strive shoulder to shoulder... Teamwork can be summed up in five short words: "We believe in each other." ~Author Unknown

Teamwork is what the Green Bay Packers were all about. They didn't do it for individual glory. They did it because they loved one another…~ Vince Lombardi (1913-1970), football coach for the NFL

TEAMWORK, a lot of people doing things my way.~Unknown

TEAMWORK is never having to take all the blame yourself ~Unknown


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Teamwork is the quintessential contradiction of a society grounded in individual achievement. ~ Marvin Weisbord

A self-reinforcing upward spiral: performance stimulating pride stimulating performance. ~ Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Teamwork is mainly about situational leadership, letting the person with the relevant core competency for a situation take leadership. ~Author Unknown

Teamwork is the ability to work together towards a common goal. With that, nothing is impossible. ~Author Unknown


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A more theoretical definition of teamwork….

Teamwork represents a set of values that encourage behaviors such as listening and constructively responding to points of view expressed by others, giving others the benefit of the doubt, providing support to those who need it, and recognizing the interests and achievements of others. 

~ Katzenbach & Smith

And some dictionary definitions from www.dictionary.com

  1. Cooperative or coordinated effort on the part of a group of persons acting together as a team or in the interests of a common cause.
  2. Work done with a team.

Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2010.

  • Cooperative effort by the members of a group or team to achieve a common goal.

American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition


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