6 Phrases Real Leaders at Work Say to Their Team – Inspiration

We have all heard the phrase “Together Each Achieves More” (T.E.A.M) and this could never be more apt than when talking about teams. Inspired teams can and do create great things, but what to do when the going gets tough or the spark that should ignite the passion dissipates? This is when real leaders – those with charisma and passion – may use key phrases to motivate their team towards greatness.

However, it is not just a case of using any old quote at any time; a great deal of practice and adeptness allows powerful leaders to use the most appropriate powerful quotation at precisely the right time. This way, they can ensure that the team is totally focussed on the company mission and well on the way to achieving their goals. When cajoling is needed fast, just a few select words at a crucial moment can make that shift that is required within the team mind-set.

But what are the six phrases that real leaders at work should say to their team? Let’s take a look at six of the best inspirational quotes with team leading and unity in mind:

  1. “None of us is as smart as all of us.” — Ken Blanchard

This is a great reference to the sum of each team member combined being greater than the whole; when you take each person’s individual talents and put them together, the total sum of knowledge and experience is much more than envisaged. With this in mind, team members should always value and respect each other.

  1. “Alone, we can do so little; together we can do so much.” — Helen Keller

Use this when it seems that some team members are lagging behind or attempting to go their own way. It is essential that the group unites and work as one.

  1. “In teamwork, silence isn’t golden, it’s deadly.” — Mark Sanborn

Communication is always key but never more than when working as a united group. If members of the team are not saying what they think, good or bad, then the channels need to be re-opened up. Have an open-door policy whereby everyone can contribute and have their say, no matter how off-base.

  1. “If you can laugh together, you can work together” — Robert Orben

This is a great one to remember as teams that enjoy working together hit goals together. The focus should not be on ‘all work and no play’ – socialising can be good as well as time out to chill and talk to each other about things other than work. Sporting events are always a good option to build up team morale and bonding.

  1. “You need to be aware of what others are doing, applaud their efforts, acknowledge their successes and encourage them in their pursuits. When we all help one another, everybody wins.” — Jim Stovall

This reminds us that motivation should not only come from the team leader but also team members. When targets are met and wins achieved, praise should also come from the inside with everyone contributing. This builds a great team culture and an impressive working group.

  1. “There is no such thing as a self-made man. You will reach your goals only with the help of others.” — George Shinn

In order to achieve real success we need to remind ourselves that this is most often accomplished with the help of others. This is not only for the leader to focus on but to remind members that the group achievements depend not only on individual attainment of each team member but on the team as a whole.

So there you are; six phrases for real leaders to use to put the rev back in the engine of their working team. Make use of these and a few more of your own and your troop will remain on the road to success.

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