We work in a variety of teams. Some of them seem more effective than others, and some team members seem to contribute more too. Teamwork is a critical function for organizational success, but when it's productive it is also a key contributor to personal fulfillment. Below please find some quotes that provide insight into what makes teams most effective.
"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
"The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual." - Vince Lombardi
"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
"Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success." - Henry Ford
"Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships." - Michael Jordan
"The leaders who work most effectively, it seems to me, never says 'I'. And that's not because they have trained themselves not to say 'I.' They don't think 'I.' They think 'we'; they think 'team.' They understand their job is to make the team function. They accept responsibility and don't sidestep it, but 'we' gets the credit.... This is what creates trust, what enables you to get the task done." - Peter Drucker
"A group becomes a team when each member is sure enough of himself and his contribution to praise the skill of the others." - Norman S. Hidle
"It's easy to get good players. Getting them to play together, that's the hard part." - Casey Stengel
"A major reason capable people fail to advance is that they don't work well with their colleagues." - Lee Iacocca
"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." - Helen Keller
Key Take Away
You can be a much more effective team member when you develop your communication skills and learn how to strengthen interpersonal relationships. Not only will your own skills improve, your entire team will benefit as a result.
For More Information
Download a copy of our whitepaper "A Guide to Interpersonal Communication Skills at Work". We are not all the same, we don't all approach things the same way. When you learn about how to communicate better with the different behavioral styles, the end result is you can better lead people and have stronger relationships with others.
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