"Alliances and international organizations should be understood as opportunities for leadership and a means to expand our influence, not as constraints on our power."
"If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right."Chuck Hagel on Henry Ford
"A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus."Chuck Hagel on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership."Chuck Hagel on Nelson Mandela
"A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves."Chuck Hagel on Lao Tzu
"Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership."Chuck Hagel on Colin Powell
"The Israeli people must be free to live in peace and security."