A founder who learnt management from feudal warlord

Although Nobunaga Oda and Hideyoshi Toyotomi were warlords who deserve to be called great men, I respect Ieyasu Tokugawa who conquered warring states and established the Tokugawa Shogunate that lasted for 300 years.

I was born in Okazaki City just like Ieyasu. The lives of these three great men have been well documented so I will not talk about them here. However, I would like to say that after studying Ieyasu's character, I realized that he was exceptional at utilizing people's abilities and strengths.

He was famous for his fair treatment of vassals of the enemies he defeated in battle. When he found capable men, he spared their lives and gave them jobs. This reinforced his reputation as a benevolent ruler and also strengthened the solidarity of his organization. On the other hand, it is said that he strictly punished those who disobeyed his military commands even though they accomplished a great achievement, instead of rewarding them. It is said that he ordered a loyal vassal who disobeyed a military command to commit seppuku (ceremonial suicide bripping open the abdomen with a knife).




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