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The Swordless Samurai

Leadership Wisdom of Japan's Sixteenth-Century Legend---Toyotomi Hideyoshi

Kitami Masao; Edited and with an Introduction by Tim Clark

St. Martin's Griffin

During the Age of Wars, a time of endless chaos and bloodshed, Toyotomi Hideyoshi was a Japanese peasant who dreamed of becoming a samurai. Without physical strength or social status, Hideyoshi had to rely on wits and ambition to realize that dream. 

A keen student of human nature, he learned to outthink and outmaneuver every foe. Not only did he become a samurai, be he also commanded vast armies, and finally, became ruler of an entire nation. Hideyoshi far surpassed his childhood ambition—this son of a penniless farmer became one of the greatest military and civic leaders in history.

Hideyoshi left an impact on Japanese society, but his global legacy is the skilled leadership that he used to conquer and subdue superiors until he reached the pinnacle of power. Hideyoshi fought battles with hard work, bold action, gratitude and devotion instead of a sword. These ideologies of leadership skills are printed for the first time in English in The Swordless Samurai.

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Chapter One Gratitude, Hard Work, Bold Action, and Devotion So, boy. You wish to serve me?"  Silhouetted against the blue-black sky, the man on horseback, with his horned helmet, towered over me like a demon as I knelt in the dirt before him. I could not see his face, but there was no mistaking the authority in his growling tone, nor the hint of mockery in his question. I tried to speak and managed only a faint croak. My mouth had gone dry, so dry I felt as if I were dying of thirst. But I had to respond. My fate--and though I didn't know it then, the fate of all of
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Praise for The Swordless Samurai:

“Hideyoshi is no typical business guru, but his lessons have inspired generations of executives. . . . I spent more than a decade in Japan, and The Swordless Samurai is valuable reading for anyone doing business there or looking for a deeper understanding of timeless leadership principles.” ---Ken Belson of The New York Times

“The wisdom of this sixteenth-century samurai is astonishingly prescient and pertinent for twenty-first-century leaders.  Practical wisdom at its best.” ---Warren Bennis, Distinguished Professor of Business, USC, and author of On Becoming a Leader

“A must-read for anyone trying to steer their organization down the right path.” ---Brendan I. Koerner, contributing editor, Wired magazine

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Kitami Masao; Edited and with an Introduction by Tim Clark

  • TIM CLARK spent ten years working in Japan, founding a pioneering Asia-focused marketing research consultancy that was acquired by a public corporation. Today he lives in Portland, Oregon, where he teaches graduate entrepreneurship courses while pursuing doctoral business studies through Hitotsubashi University. He blogs at SoulShelter.com.

  • Tim Clark
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The Swordless Samurai

Leadership Wisdom of Japan's Sixteenth-Century Legend---Toyotomi Hideyoshi

Kitami Masao; Edited and with an Introduction by Tim Clark

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