In relation to the amount of time humans have been on this planet, team building in the corporate world is a relatively new thing.
But over the course of human history, the practice of collective cooperation in pursuit of a shared goal is a common theme. Again and again, history shows some of our species’ greatest achievements have come only when a group of individuals devoted themselves to a larger purpose.
Ok, all that may be a bit lofty, what we’re really trying to say is: people have been team building since the beginning of time.
It may not have always been called “team building,” but for thousands of years large groups of people have been working together toward a common mission, and much of that entails figuring out how they can better work together.
In the spirit of implementing team building lessons that have stood the test of time, we’ve gathered some of the best team building quotes from some of history’s greatest leaders and thinkers to help inspire your organization.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” — Margaret Mead
“It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you don’t care who gets the credit.” — Harry Truman
“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
“Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than the one where they sprang up.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes
“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
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” ― Helen Keller
“No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it.” — HE Luccock
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” — African Proverb
“The whole is more than the sum of its parts.” — Aristotle
“Remember upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all.” — Alexander the Great
“It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.” — Napoleon Hill
“No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helped you.” — Althea Gibson
“Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind.” — Theodore Roosevelt
“We must all hang together, or assuredly, we shall all hang separately.” — Benjamin Franklin
“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