Personal Leadership

Complex formalities cannot compare to personal leadership. If there is a benevolent and moral lord, then there must be benevolence and morality.
The Fifth Year of Ansei, the Sixth of the New Year. “Words of a Lunatic.”



Last Will and Testament

If everday things decide whether one is a bright lord and wise general or a dim lord and foolish general, then each of those daily words and actions are one’s last will and testament.
The Third Year of Ansei, After August. “The Complete Book of Teachings for Warriors.”


Talented People

As a gentleman, teaching others is no different than a lord utilizing people. The way a lord utilizes people is to appoint very talented people as leaders with heavy responsibilities from the start. Then through that person and your own streneous efforts, strong loyalty is expressed. It is like the transformation caused by Autumn rain. If very talented people are utilized for trivial duties, that person will certainly become bored and neglectful, and less than useful. This is also so when teaching people.
The Third Year of Ansei. The 29th of May. “Minutes of the Head Lecturer.”


The Importance of Not Abandoning People

Although there are wise and foolish people, there is no one each lacking at least one skill or two. When combining (their skills) to create a success, without a doubt it will come near the point of being perfect. Also, in teaching this to people for many years this has nearly been my actual experience. There is nothing more than the importance of not abandoning people.
The Second Year of Ansei, the First of June. “A Policy on the Hall of Fortune.”