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Why is Teamwork Important (+33 Team Building Quotes!) 

 November 6, 2020

By  Marie

Why is teamwork important? Why is it important for people to be able to work together?

It is so heavily emphasized in workplaces, job interviews, sports, and almost every other aspect where people are organized.

Teamwork provides invaluable benefits to organizations.

In this article, we will discuss what these are.

Also, use the below provided team building quotes to help motivate your team and reap the benefits of good teamwork.



What is Teamwork

team embracing each other

“What is teamwork?” may sound like a silly question.

But surprisingly, few people sit down to really consider what elements comprise teamwork.

In essence, teamwork is the cooperation of two or more people on a task or goal.

That is the simplistic definition. 

Anyone who has worked on a team or led a team understands the reality of teamwork is much more complicated.

Being a team member requires many qualities, such as:

  • Strong communication skills
  • Listening skills
  • Conflict resolution skills
  • Self-awareness
  • Reliability
  • Honesty
  • Integrity
  • Empathy
  • Optimism
  • Confidence
  • Adaptability
  • Persistence

A group of individuals who are strong in the above skills will allow for the team to be efficient and productive.

Although the concept of teamwork is simple the practice of it is much more complex

Gathering a group of individuals that are strong in all of the skill sets above, and who also have the hard skills necessary for their particular role, is not an easy task.


Benefits of Teamwork

team working together

A well-functioning team is invaluable to an organization.

This is why the ability to work in a team is so scrutinized during the hiring process. 

Organizations need to make sure you are a team player. 

That is because a high functioning team member is much more valuable than a high functioning independent employee.

So what is this value that teamwork brings to an organization?

Innovation through Ideas

One of the most important aspects of teamwork is that it allows for the generation of many, many ideas.

As individuals work together, they generate ideas based on each other. 

An idea from one team member can lead to 10 additional ideas from others.

And once a good idea is brought to the table, it is further refined with feedback from the team.

This allows the evolution of a good idea into a great idea. Into an idea that can disrupt an entire industry.

This type of idea generation simply cannot be accomplished by an individual.

No two people think the same. Your ideas are a manifestation of your life experiences. 

Everything from your education to your heritage and ethnicity.

Since no two people experience life exactly the same, no two people bring exactly the same ideas to the table.

An organization that builds a healthy culture of teamwork and collaboration thrives from this influx of ideas.

The generation of ideas, and building upon them, drives innovation. 

As the famous phrase goes: “Innovate or die”.

A lack of innovation can cause a business to fail, and fail quickly.

So, it is absolutely crucial for a business to foster a collaborative environment to drive idea generation and innovation.

As you will see many of the benefits discussed below feed into this drive for innovation.

Diverse Perspectives

Diversity is a frequently discussed topic across the world today. And it is no different inside organizations.

Organizations are striving to increase diversity because diversity in itself has many benefits.

But diversity cannot thrive without a team environment.

Imagine you have an incredibly diverse company. But employees all work independently, not relying on each other to accomplish tasks.

What impact would diversity have on the organization? Minimal.

Whereas when you have a diverse team working together, the different perspectives team members hold allows for engaging brainstorming.

Diversity also improves the decision-making process.

Diverse perspectives means that someone in the room has likely had a relevant experience to help make a decision.

This also results in more confidence in decisions once they are made.

Improved Creativity

Creativity is also increased with collaboration and teamwork. 

Within a team, you can bounce your ideas off of fellow team members. Additionally, you provide your own perspective on ideas from teammates. 

This results in a healthy discussion where ideas are refined. 

What may have been a bland idea at the start can evolve into a unique and novel approach.

Just like artists are inspired by a muse, ideas within a team are inspired by the perspectives of teammates.

When working as an individual, it is easy to box yourself into one way of thought.

We also tend to be biased when challenging and thinking through our own ideas.

Teammates do not have these obstacles when it comes to your ideas.

So when you are on a team, make sure to speak up. 

Share your ideas. Share your opinion on other ideas. Allow the creative process to flourish.

Greater Productivity

Teams create accountability.

As a team works towards a goal, team members must make commitments to each other.

Such as deadlines for work to be completed.

Committing to a group of individuals tends to be much more powerful than just committing to yourself.

Consider how often individuals hire personal trainers because they want to be held accountable.

Self-accountability is still critical for team members. You must be able to hold yourself accountable to meet team milestones.

But the promise you make to a team only strengthens your resolve to meet a commitment.

This team accountability increases productivity.

You are driven not just to be successful for your own gain, but to be successful for your team.

More gets done. Goals are more likely to be met. The business thrives.

Growth Opportunities

The ability to work with others supports individual growth.

Teamwork provides the opportunity to learn from one another.

To develop skill sets that otherwise, you would have had to learn on your own.

Teamwork also challenges the way you think. The way you problem solve.

The ability to hear from others and see the way they work shows you areas where you can improve yourself.

In a great team, members challenge each other to be better.

And perhaps most importantly, a great team allows you to get feedback from others.

Feedback is the cornerstone of self-improvement. Whether in your career or personal life.

The best people to get feedback from are individuals who you work with closely and trust.

This should be your team members.

So if you are working on a team, build that trust. Ask for feedback. And then use the feedback to grow.

Unity Supports Risk-Taking

Risk-taking is a necessity in order for a business to survive.

But taking a large risk is difficult. And frankly, scary.

It is much easier to make a hard decision together as a team, rather than as an individual.

There are a variety of reasons for this. 

You are typically more confident in a decision made as a team. Because team members help validate the decision.

Decisions made as a team have taken into account many perspectives, which also breeds confidence.

There is also less individual risk when a decision is made as a team.

For all of these reasons, a risky decision is easier made as a team than as an individual.

And since risks are a necessary part of success, teamwork is as well.

Recognition Improves Morale

A great team is one where individuals celebrate each other’s success.

Where team members are recognized for their individual achievements.

Recognition is a valuable part of the workplace.

It builds morale, company culture, and employee engagement.

But it is simply not possible for the highest level of leadership to provide recognition to each individual win.

So where leadership typically recognizes teams, team members recognize individuals.

This is not to say that leadership should not provide individual recognition. They should, as often as possible.

But teams provide an additional venue for recognition.


Inspirational Teamwork Quotes

team celebrating

Don't take my word on why teamwork is so important.

Below are team building quotes from some of the greats throughout the years. 

Use these to motivate yourself or others to be the absolute best team members you can be.

1.

Great things in business are never done by one person; they’re done by a team of people.

Steve Jobs

2.

If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.

Henry Ford

3.

None of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful.

Mother Teresa

4.

It is the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) that those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed

Charles Darwin

5.

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

6.

A team is not a group of people who work together but it a team is a group of people who trust each other.

Simon Sinek

7.

Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.

Michael Jordan

8.

If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.

Isaac Newton

9.

Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.

Henry Ford

10.

When you need to innovate, you need collaboration.

Marissa Mayer

11.

Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life forever.

Amy Poehler

12.

It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.

Harry S Truman

13.

It’s better to have a great team than a team of greats.

Simon Sinek

14.

Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision, the ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives.

Andrew Carnegie

15.

I’m not the smartest fellow in the world, but I sure can pick smart colleagues.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

16.

It takes two flints to make a fire.

Louisa May Alcott 

17.

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.

Helen Keller 

18.

Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.

Ryunosuke Satoro

19.

Cooperation is the thorough conviction that nobody can get there unless everybody gets there.

Virginia Burden

20.

We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

21.

None of us is as smart as all of us.

Ken Blanchard

22.

Success is best when it's shared.

Howard Schultz

23.

There is no such thing as a self-made man. You will reach your goals only with the help of others.

George Shinn

24.

Be fast, be first, but never be alone. Nothing can replace the value of teamwork.

Farshad Asl

25.

If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

26.

You need to be aware of what others are doing, applaud their efforts, acknowledge their successes, and encourage them in their pursuits. When we all help one another, everybody wins.

Jim Stovall

27.

A group is a bunch of people in an elevator. A team is a bunch of people in an elevator, but the elevator is broken.

Bonnie Edelstein

28.

Teamwork is the secret that makes common people achieve uncommon results.

Ifeanyi Onuoha

29.

Build for your team a feeling of oneness, of dependence on one another and of strength to be derived by unity.

Vince Lombardi

30.

Teamwork divides the task and multiplies the success.

Unknown

31.

Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable.

Kenyan Proverb

32.

Teamwork means never having to take all the blame yourself.

Stephen Hawking

33.

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

So what are your thoughts on teamwork?

Do you believe teamwork to be an important part of an organization?

Have you experienced the benefits of teamwork?

Let me know below!

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Why is Teamwork Important (+33 Team Building Quotes!)

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