I just found something really curious in an old notebook: seven Samurai Principles.
Curious, because they seem to sum up the principles of influence too. Here they are:
Gi – Justice and Morality
If you do right by people, then they are likely to reciprocate. People with an attitude of fairness are universally trusted.
Makoto – Complete Sincerity
Follow up on your promises – always. Once you let me down, I will never trust you again.
Rei – Polite Courtesy and Respect
When you treat other people politely and respectfully, they will have one reason fewer to resist you.
Yu – Heroic Courage
Aren’t we all in awe of those who can rise above the masses of people who are afraid to act. This is a sure route to make people feel they want to follow you.
Meiyo – Honor
Make decisions with total integrity – do what’s right, rather than what is easy.
Jin – Benevolence and Compassion
You may have strength, power and authority, but the compassion to help others and be nice to them when you can will mark you as someone special. Go further: if an opportunity does not arise, look for one.
Chugo – Duty and Loyalty
When someone comes into your sphere of influence, keep faith with them. Friends and trusted colleagues are easier to keep than find, but they are easier still to lose. So work at it.