True Leadership | Scott Painter

February 4, 2015 3:21 AM

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There's a radical new form of leadership that is emerging. I learned it the hard way. But I'm a different person as a result. And my company is better for it. I run a company that recently went public. It's a process that is not for the faint of heart. Literally. Months after ringing the bell on NASDAQ, I rolled myself into elective heart surgery. It was a congenital problem. A fairly routine surgery, as it goes today, but the process of having your heart, literally in the hands of another, made me take stock at the very deepest levels of what it means to be human and a leader.

I've always been driven. As a kid I had a successful car detailing business. I even managed to get a nomination to and attend West Point where I was class president while having a side business providing bootlegged cable to fellow cadets. A practice that wasn't condoned by my superiors. But I was yo...

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