Kif hal ? Kuwais ?
Today is Sunday. Sunny day (remembering Abg Ude).
Yesterday, I just finished reading The Swordless Samurai, written by Kitami Masao, and translated by Tim Clark. You can see it here .
I bought it in Kafu, at only RM5. Some kind of narrated-style guide to seek some knowledge about leadership wisdom. The swordless samurai refers to Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who had successfully unified the Japan in 16th century. He could hardly play sword and actually not a swordman, and had a short body, and a monkey face. He called himself 'Monkey King' when he unified Japan. This book is the compilation of his documents and letters that he wrote himself.
Started his career as a peasant. Then slowly made his way to unite Japan, by joining Oda Nobunaga clan. He unified Japan with less bloodshed and wars. Most of his conquers succeeded by diplomacy.
Some sharing ;
1. Samurai means : To serve
2. The art of leadership lies in serving others, not being served.
3. Be a leader, not a superior.
4. Risk all to win all.
5. Always build an inner-circle (personal relationship) with your companions, and never neglect it.
6. Always write letters by yourself to your followers.
7. Focus on giving.
8. Loyalty can be earned, but not purchased.
9. Choose a leader that has a vision, it makes the followers know what to do.
10. Avoid overindulgence, it will destroy you.
Actually it is so much to share. But what elated me is that all tips and secrets above are just what our Prophet has shown and guided, and urged us to do.
Then I came to conclusion, that world has it's own law, that applies to all people. Maybe we could not see the secret of leading people through Sirah Nabawiyah, and more preferably choose the Western Books, but I think what matters us is the result, what you do ? what you will do and what you've done ?
Everyone is a leader of himself. I purchased this book to prepare myself for leading people for the better future, at least my own family.
His final words (in that book) :
" Before I go, I will leave you with one last secret. The final secret is that there is no secret. Devote yourself to your leader. Work hard. Be grateful. Act blodly. Soma may deride such suggestions as commonplace, and they'd be right : They are common. But to see them successfully enacted in this world is rare indeed. And as I hope I've demonstrated, great leaders can evolve from the most common of beginnings. "
A daie is indeed a leader, is it not ?
Maybe what suits the daie .. is Talkless Daie. Maybe, I sense some similarities.
p/s : After this I have to focus on buku kuliah.