The difference between success and failure is a great team

No matter how smart, talented, driven, or passionate you are, your success as a leader depends on your ability to build and inspire a team. A successful leader is one who can spur his or her team members to work well together toward a common vision and goals.

To inspire your team members, you’ll have to talk to them, of course. I hate meetings, but I love short (seven to 20-minute) standups to align and motivate the team.

One effective way to begin or end a standup is by sharing a quote.

Here are 15 quotes from well-known coaches, athletes, business leaders, and authors that will compel you and your team members to work well together:

  1. “Individual commitment to a group effort–that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”
    –Vince Lombardi
  2. “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.”
    –Michael Jordan
  3. “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
  4. “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.”
    –Helen Keller
  5. “Remember, teamwork begins by building trust. And the only way to do that is to overcome our need for invulnerability.”
    –Patrick Lencioni
  6. “I invite everyone to choose forgiveness rather than division, teamwork over personal ambition.”
    –Jean-Francois Cope
  7. “None of us is as smart as all of us.”
    –Ken Blanchard
  8. “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”
    –Henry Ford
  9. “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.”
    –Henry Ford
  10. “The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.”
    –Phil Jackson
  11. “Collaboration allows teachers to capture each other’s fund of collective intelligence.”
    –Mike Schmoker
  12. “It takes two flints to make a fire.”
    –Louisa May Alcott
  13. “Unity is strength. . . when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.”
    –Mattie Stepanek
  14. “To me, teamwork is the beauty of our sport, where you have five acting as one. You become selfless.”
    –Mike Krzyzewski
  15. “The best teamwork comes from men who are working independently toward one goal in unison.”
    –James Cash Penney

Mats Kallmyr


Born and raised on the Swedish west coast, 90 kilometers north of Gothenburg (Uddevalla), Sweden. Here was also where I undertook my training in finance, economics and marketing. During my military service as a Sergeant (1983-1984), I found a passion for leadership and that I wanted to work with that in my coming future. Worked eight years at Saab Automobile AB (Trollhättan & Nyköping), which was a very educational period. The automotive industry is very focused on efficiency and "do-right-from-beginning" approach, i.e. “the Toyota model” (lean), and was therefore a very good start to my career in management and something I always carried with me through my professional life. Live in Stockholm with my wife Jean and my two daughters. I have also two daughters that have moved out and own families. Like social media and please feel free to connect to me on any of them...

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