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            <span id="title">The Leadership of Date</span>
            <p>Date Masamune is known for his accomplishments, yet it was his leadership style that made him the leader that he was.  Date Masamune showed a strong sense of responsibility in everything that he did including leading battles, campaigns, and other things.  Date Masamune tested as a Gold Trustee in the Leadership Q test indicating that he was grounded, responsible, and loyal.  And indeed, Date was these things.  However, there are some qualities, such as being traditional, that he didn't show as much.  Even still, Date exhibited the gold qualities of loyalty, rising to positions of responsibility, respecting the chain of command, drawing on past experience to solve problems, and being decisive.</p>
        <h1>Table of Qualities</h1>
            <p>The following table is a preliminary evaluation of Date Masamune according to various leadership attributes.  Each rating is on a scale of 1 to 10 where 1 means that Date definitely doesn't exhibit that trait and 10 is where Date exhibits that trait all the time.</p>
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                    <td style="border:1px solid #777; padding:3px;">Take Risks</td>
                    <td style="border:1px solid #777; padding:3px;">Gets Bored and Restless Easily</td>
                    <td style="border:1px solid #777; padding:3px;">Tactful and Diplomatic</td>
                    <td style="border:1px solid #777; padding:3px;">Requires Harmony</td>
                    <td style="border:1px solid #777; padding:3px;">Maintains Order and Stability</td>
                    <td style="border:1px solid #777; padding:3px;">Traditional</td>
                    <td style="border:1px solid #777; padding:3px;">Decisive</td>
                    <td style="border:1px solid #777; padding:3px;">Enjoys Complex Problems</td>
                    <td style="border:1px solid #777; padding:3px;">Stress Logical Analysis</td>
                    <td style="border:1px solid #777; padding:3px;">Brief and Concise</td>
                    <td style="border:1px solid #777; padding:3px;">7</td>
                    <td style="border:1px solid #777; padding:3px;">6</td>
                    <td style="border:1px solid #777; padding:3px;">4</td>
                    <td style="border:1px solid #777; padding:3px;">3</td>
                    <td style="border:1px solid #777; padding:3px;">5</td>
                    <td style="border:1px solid #777; padding:3px;">6</td>
                    <td style="border:1px solid #777; padding:3px;">7</td>
                    <td style="border:1px solid #777; padding:3px;">3</td>
                    <td style="border:1px solid #777; padding:3px;">4</td>
                    <td style="border:1px solid #777; padding:3px;">6</td>
        <h1>The Five Qualities</h1>
            <p>The five qualities here are unique to the leadership type of Gold Trustees.  Date Masamune exhibited the traits of loyalty, responsibility, respecting authority, drawing on past experiences, and being decisive in his accomplishments and actions.</p>
                <p>Date Masamune had a strong sense of loyalty.  When he made a commitment, he normally kept it.  This is especially true with his friend, Tokugawa Ieyasu.  Ieyasu and Date were devoted friends, and underlying that, Ieyasu also served as Date's superior.  Date ever since 1600 served Ieyasu, participating in a major war against another tribe as well as serving has a first rate general in the Osaka Campaigns.  Despite this, Ieyasu "never fully trusted the unfathomable lord of Sendai", and he was worried especially when Date sent for a European embassy.  Date nonetheless remained faithful to Ieyasu rejecting opportunities to overthrow him and his clan, and he even was present at Ieyasu's deathbed.</p>
                <p>"Masamune was one of the last of the great daimyo to see [Ieyasu], presenting his overlord with a piece of Zen poetry."</p>
            <h2>Rise to Positions of Responsibility</h2>
                <p>Gold Trustees like responsibility, and it isn't surprising that they like to rise to places and obtain responsibility.  Date was willing to place himself in a position of accountability many times, and every time, he actually did.  Date was not afraid of leading, and he in fact really enjoyed it.  One such incidence of him seizing an opportunity was when he aided Ieyasu after he was deprecated for treason.  Ieyasu was his friend, and Ieyasu was involved in a stiff war with another tribe.  Date used what forces he had in order to aid Ieyasu in the war effort, and because of his help, Ieyasu won many battles, and eventually the war.  Date started in a low position, for his accusation of treason had lowered him to such, and rose to a position of responsibility in assisting his friend.</p>
                <p>"Three years later, he found himself implicated in the suspected treason of Toyotomi Hidetsugu and was ordered to pack up and move his household to Iyo on Shikoku, an unthinkable fate (to Date) averted through the good offices of Tokugawa Ieyasu. All in all, it is not surprising that Date readily joined Tokugawa when war came between the latter and Ishida Mitsunari began in 1600."</p>
            <h2>Respect Chain of Command</h2>
                <p>Date had a strong sense of loyalty, and he in general respected authority.  Date recognized his position as a daimyo under his overlords, and he also recognized his position over his soldiers.  Date had the power and the men to overthrow his authority, but that was not his desire.  Date felt that it was his responsibility to follow the will of those who were positioned higher than him because they either have more experience, wealth, or are simply regarded higher.  Date had to be especially patient with his first overlord, Hideyoshi.  Hideyoshi was not all that kind to Date.  For a simple tardy, he relinquished Date of much of his income.  Date was not very happy about it, but he nonetheless served Hideyoshi up until Date was accused of treason.  He accepted his overlord's judgment and respected his command.</p>
                <p>"Following the conclusion of the siege, however, Hideyoshi ordered Date to relinquish his newly won holdings in Aizu (perhaps using Date's tardiness as a pretext) and be content with Yonezawa (200,000 koku), a much-reduced income that doubtlessly did not sit so well with Masamune.  In 1592, Date served in Hideyoshi's headquarters at Nagoya on Kyushu during the Korean invasion."</p>
            <h2>Draw on Past Experiences to Solve Problems</h2>
                <p>Date Masamune in his early years as a warlord suffered rows of catastrophic failures and losses when he waged war against the Hatakeyama and Ashina tribes.  At the time, he was still a bit immature and inexperienced.  His losses almost cost him the war, and essentially his career as a daimyo.  The only thing that saved him was the luck that other tribes were able to attack his oppressors.  Despite all this failure, which is bound to lower self-esteem, Date didn't let it stop him from attacking the Ashina and eventually winning the war.  The special thing about this victory was that he used the past failures to essentially help him become a better strategist.  So rather than fighting mainly defensive, he charged his opponent and blocked the escape routes.  Without his past experiences, he would have had a harder time defeating the Ashina.</p>
                <p>"This brush with utter defeat was likely a factor in turning Masamune into the reknowned general he would one day be known as."</p>
                <p>Everyone of course is capable of making a decision, but when it comes to Gold Trustees, they see their decision as right, make it known that the decision is made, both firmly and with haste, and the decision will probably not be recanted.  Date was like this in his decisions.  His decisions were a little odd in his time, and some of his decisions were even looked down upon.  This didn't stop Date from making them.  In a 1615 siege against the Jinbo clan, he ordered his men to fire on the Jinbo even though they were not attacking (they were nonetheless enemies, just more peaceful ones).  Fellow warlords didn't like this decision.
                <p>"Evidently, Masamune became frustrated at the lack of aggression on the part of friendly troops under Jinbo Sukemochi, and ordered his own men to let off a few rifle volleys in their direction to goad them into action. Needless to say, this was not an act well looked upon by his fellow generals."</p>
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                    <h1>Works Cited</h1>
                        <p style="text-indent:-3em; margin-left:3em;">"Date Masamune: Encyclopedia II - Date Masamune - Dokuganryū: the One-Eyed Dragon." <i>Global Oneness - The meeting place for Cultural Creatives - Articles, News, Community, Forums, Travel & Events and much more.</i> Web. 03 Sept. 2009. &lt;;.</p>
                        <p style="text-indent:-3em; margin-left:3em;">"Date Masamune: Encyclopedia II - Date Masamune - The man Masamune." <i>Global Oneness - The meeting place for Cultural Creatives - Articles, News, Community, Forums, Travel & Events and much more.</i> Web. 03 Sept. 2009. &lt;;.</p>
                        <p style="text-indent:-3em; margin-left:3em;">"Date Masamune." <i>Genbukan Tokyo Shibu.</i> Web. 03 Sept. 2009. &lt;;.</p>
                        <p style="text-indent:-3em; margin-left:3em;">"Date Masamune." <i>The Samurai Archives Japanese History Page.</i> Web. 03 Sept. 2009. &lt;;.</p>
                        <p style="text-indent:-3em; margin-left:3em;"><i>Official Date Clan Website.</i> Web. 03 Sept. 2009. &lt;;.</p>
                        <p style="text-indent:-3em; margin-left:3em;">Web. 3 Sept. 2009. &lt;;.</p>
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