Here are a few quotes about teamwork to help as you are working on the development of your team organization. If you have ever come across a great quote that you would like to share, please do! Simply go to the bottom of this page and post your comment or quote in the box that says, “It would be great for you to share your thoughts!”
- Our society has moved from the formalistic to the collaborative. Today, those who work in organizations demand a chance to be involved, and they expect to have their talents and skills utilized effectively; they are also willing to participate in activities that will make the organization perform more effectively. Because it has become generally accepted that creativity and innovation are traits widely distributed through the population, managers must be able to discover and put to use the resources within their teams. Once creative forces are unleashed within an organization, the potential for positive results is greatly enhanced. -Glenn H. Varney, Building Productive Teams
- A team is a coordination of individual talents into a corporate whole. Commitment must begin with the team leader. Withoutcommitment from the leadership, a healthy team will be difficult if not impossible to build and maintain. -Dale Roach, A Consultant’s Strategy for Team Development
- When overpowering authority or leadership intervenes in a team, it can affect the team by (1) throwing the team off track, (2) decreasing the motivation of the team, (3) reducing the commitment of the team members, and (4) causing more problems than solutions. -Richard Hackman, Groups That Work
The role of the team leader is to create the kind of environment that will allow people to motivate themselves. The team demonstrates that there is value and respect for other team members when:
- They listen to each other’s point of view.
- They do not become defensive with each other.
- They do not talk behind each other’s back.
- They express their feelings with tact.
- They use persuasion instead of criticism.
- They praise each other for good individual and team effort.
- They do not blame each other or engage in scapegoating. (Edwin T. Cornelius, Involvement Skills for Team Leaders and Supervisors)