Top 10 Team Building Quotes to Live By in 2019

Inspiration—it’s what drives us to hop out of bed, jump in the shower, and into our shoes to take on the world every day. Quotes can be a valuable resource to fall back on—especially on those days when you’re just not feeling it.

Lots of companies hang word art in visible places throughout their work spaces—above the doors, walls, reception area, conference rooms, and other high-traffic work areas. Some share quotes via email, providing the team with a weekly or monthly newsletter. No matter where you place the quote or mantra, making sure it’s visible to the team every day can improve company culture.

There are thousands of quotes floating around out there about teamwork, so which ones are the best? You may find that clinging to quotes from a successful figure, pop icon, humanitarian or intelligent brainiac suits your inspiration. Whichever quote you choose to focus on, make sure it provides a sense of passion, inclusion and positive reinforcement for the team. Some of the most popular figures that pop-up on search results include Helen Keller, Albert Einstein, Geraldine Ferraro, Mother Teresa, and Vince Lombardi. Also, we couldn’t leave out Tony Robbins, the life coach extraordinaire—he must be good for a quote or two.

Now let’s say today is Inspiration Day at the office and I want to be inspired by a popular and respectable figure whose quotes instill a sense of collaboration, determination, problem solving and teamwork values. Here’s 10 of the best team building quotes that will do just that!

Top 10 Team Building Quotes to Live By

  1. Vince Lombardi
  2. Helen Keller
  3. Phil Jackson
  4. Tony Robbins
  5. Mother Teresa
  6. Deepak Chopra
  7. Amy Poehler
  8. Jocko Willink
  9. Albert Einstein
  10. Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Vince Lombardi

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“Individual commitment to a group effort—that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” – National Football League Hall of Fame Coach

Helen Keller

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“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” – American author, activist, and lecturer.

Phil Jackson

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“The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.” – Former American professional basketball player, coach, and executive in the National Basketball Association

Tony Robbins

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“Every problem is a gift. Without them we wouldn’t grow.” – American author, entrepreneur, philanthropist and life coach.

Mother Teresa

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“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.” – Known in the Roman Catholic Church as Saint Teresa of Calcutta, was an Albanian-Indian Roman Catholic nun and missionary

Deepak Chopra

“Instead of thinking out of the box, get rid of the box.” – Indian-born American author, public speaker, alternative medicine advocate, and a prominent figure in the New Age movement.

Amy Poehler

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“Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.” – American actress, comedian, director, producer, and writer.

Jocko Willink

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“There are no bad teams, only bad leaders.” – American podcaster, author, and retired U.S. Navy SEAL

Albert Einstein

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“We can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them” – German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics.

Rosabeth Moss Kanter

“To stay ahead, you must have your next idea waiting in the wings.” – Academic and business leader who coined terms such as “empowerment” and “employee participation.”

Team Building Quotes FAQ

How can we gather quotes that inspire the entire team?

Whether a politically correct/ humorous quote or an inspirational quote, it should be of positive nature and should avoid offending anyone. An inclusive solution might start with a team survey. Ask the group to share their favorite quotes. This could be performed on a weekly basis: call it the “The Weekly Quote.” This will provide a foundation for your team’s core values and a state-of-mind to think less “I” and more “Us.”

What other ways can we incorporate our quotes into our team’s workspace?

Whiteboards tend to be the most common medium for office quotes, but let’s think outside of the box here. Maybe you don’t have a whiteboard in the office, perhaps scheduling a weekly team newsletter with project updates, team appreciation statements, and inspirational quotes is an option. Offering inspirational statements in welcome packets for new hires may be another solution. Wall stickers and murals tend to work well; their designs can positively impact your space, and provide ample viewing for all who pass by them.

How do we choose the right quote for our team?

There are many websites that provide daily quote search engines, whether it’s pop culture, business, history, sports, government, etc. Websites such as BrainyQuote provide in-the-moment quotes connected to social media platforms and are shareable amongst team members. If the quote is well-received on your team’s social group, add it to the office space. Always be safe when liking quotes on social media—set the tone and make sure they are politically correct for corporate-level consumption.

How often should we update a quote?

This really depends on your team. Do they want fresh quotes for inspiration or a single “mantra” forever? Now, if the quote is not affixed to a wall and can be easily updated using an email template or a dry-erase board, then change it up. When the quote no longer serves its purpose or becomes stale, it may be time for a change of pace. Let team members change the quote, providing an opportunity for creativity and member inclusion. Every team member can suggest a quote of the week.

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