31 Team Encouragement Quotes to Inspire Collaboration

Use these team encouragement quotes to inspire your people to strive toward a common vision to attain uncommon results.

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Making difficult decisions, constantly learning, and taking time to appreciate your team are core practices behind any successful leader — but balancing these skills is not always easy. To help, we’ve gathered together 31 inspiring quotes from innovators across all industries.

Bookmark this blog and reference it for inspiration throughout your week, or share one of your favorite inspiring quotes on social to spark a dialogue about what great leadership means to you.


Drive effective leadership

  1. “If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” -Booker T. Washington.
  2. “The very essence of leadership is that you have to have a vision. It’s got to be a vision you articulate clearly and forcefully on every occasion. You can’t blow a weak trumpet.” -Theodore Hesburgh
  3. “You manage things; you lead people.”Grace Murray Hopper
  4. “The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes.” -Tony Blair (Tweet this quote)
  5.  “Surround yourself with great people; delegate authority; get out of the way.” -Ronald Reagan
  6. “Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence, and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.”” -Sheryl Sandberg
  7. “Power isn’t control at all – power is strength, and giving that strength to others. A leader isn’t someone who forces others to make him stronger; a leader is someone willing to give his strength to others that they may have the strength to stand on their own.” -Beth Revis
  8. “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” -Henry Ford


  1. “Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are asking, What’s in it for me?” –Brian Tracy
  2. “To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.” –Eleanor Roosevelt
  3. “With kids, they don’t do what you want them to do when you want them to do it. Organizations don’t necessarily, either. You’ve got to listen. You’ve got to learn how to influence.” –Ellen J. Kullman
  4. “Victory has a hundred fathers and defeat is an orphan.” –John F. Kennedy
  5. “A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.” –Max Lucado
  6.  “Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.” –John C. Maxwell

Express gratitude


15. “Silent gratitude isn’t very much to anyone.” -Gertrude Stein (Tweet this quote)

16. “The way to develop the best that is in a person is by appreciation and encouragement.” -Charles Schwab

17. “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” -Cicero

18. “Gratitude and attitude are not challenges; they are choices.” -Robert Braathe

Build a path to success

19. “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out.” -Robert Collier

20. “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” -Jim Ryun (Tweet this quote)

21. “Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don’t wish it were easier; wish you were better.” -Jim Rohn

22. “Your value will be not what you know; it will be what you share.” –Ginni Rometty

23. “Great things in business are never done by one person, they’re done by a team of people.” –Steve Jobs

24. “The road to success is always under construction.” -Arnold Palmer (Tweet this quote)

25. “I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” -Michael Jordan

26. “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” -Henry David Thoreau

27. “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear—not absence of fear.” -Mark Twain

28. “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” -Confucius (Tweet this quote)

Never stop learning

29. “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case, you fail by default.” –J.K. Rowling

30. “Formal education will make you a living. Self education will make you a fortune.” -Jim Rohn

31. “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” -Maya Angelou (Tweet this quote)

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