This interview with Quintin E. Primo III, co-founder and chief executive of Capri Capital Partners, was conducted and condensed by Adam Bryant. Capri is a real estate investment and development firm based in Chicago.
Q. What were the most important leadership lessons for you?
A. Leadership, in my opinion, is best learned, or honed, through adversity. And it’s in times of adversity that one must step up to the plate and do something. You have to do this, or do that, but you just can’t stand still. You have to take action in adversity.
And for me, probably the most poignant moment in my career as a leader was when my first business failed miserably. We were crushed by the real estate markets of the early ’90s. We went into a head wind, a very stiff head wind.
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