How the power players do it - by Fortune senior editor at large Patricia Sellers

Power Point: The relationship trumps the issue

October 28, 2009: 5:59 PM ET

"The relationship trumps the issue."

--Premal Shah, President of Kiva, the microfinance website that connects citizen lenders with entrepreneurs around the world. I interviewed Shah for Fortune's list of 40 under 40 in the current issue--he's No. 31 with Kiva CEO Matt Flannery.

While Shah's passion for microfinace drives him, it can also be a stumbling block. "Like a lot of entrepreneurs, and especially social entrepreneurs, I get pretty fired up and attached to my own viewpoints. At times when I have disagreed with someone, when the stakes are high, I can take it personally and it's added distance between me and the person," he says.

For more of the 40 under 40 on their mistakes, regrets and pitfalls, click here. --Jessica Shambora

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