An accomplished entrepreneur, Chris Salamone strives to give back to the communities that have supported him through a variety of charitable affiliations. To provide vital support to disadvantaged children in the greater Boca Raton, Florida, area, Mr. Salamone previously served on the Board of Directors for the Florence Fuller Child Development Centers.

The origin of these early education, childcare, and family support facilities dates back to 1968 when community volunteer Dorothy Fleegler began to work with the families of Boca Raton migrant farmers. Ms. Fleegler soon joined forces with James and Florence Fuller to institute area preschool programs that would better prepare these families’ young children for kindergarten.

Established in 1971 to serve a single classroom of 22, the Florence Fuller Child Development Centers of today assist more than 600 children each year. The organization’s West Center continues the tradition of helping rural populations from non-English-speaking backgrounds, while its East Center is specifically designed around the unique needs of low-income inner city children living in downtown Boca Raton. The Florence Fuller Child Development Centers also own and operate a thrift store on the northwest side of the city.

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There is a saying that “leaders are born, not made.” Yet the concept of leadership is not instinctive for everyone, so some people need to learn or develop the traits necessary to become effective leaders. Chris Salamone is a well-respected author, attorney, and entrepreneur who has served as a top-level executive for a number of companies, including Spartan Capital Investors, the National Institute for Legal Education and the National Youth Education Council. Here he shares his thoughts on a few qualities that make an effective leader.

Being Committed – Being a leader takes commitment, self-sacrifice, and hard work. Most great leaders recognize this fact and are prepared to do whatever it takes to achieve success. There’s a difference between being “interested” in doing or pursuing an endeavor or a goal, and being “committed” to that endeavor or goal.

Understanding Your Strengths and Weaknesses – Leaders who recognize their own strengths and weaknesses are better able to delegate, are more likely to hire others who complement their abilities, and are willing to improve upon their weaknesses in order to become more effective leaders.

Establishing Measurable Goals – People tend to work more effectively if they know what they are working toward. Leaders should establish measurable goals for both the team and individual employees, and then work with employees to help achieve those goals.

Chris Salamone is a frequent keynote speaker on the topic of leadership. With a commitment to develop educational and leadership programs that inspire and empower America’s youth, he has founded organizations for young adults including LeadAmerica and the National Student Leadership Conference.

Now popular in the mixed-martial arts scene, jiujitsu has a mysterious past, with historians from multiple countries who claim the fighting style as their own. Practitioner Chris Salamone explores the origins of this grappling-based martial arts, which has roots across the globe.

Some believe the earliest origins of jiujitsu can be found in the wrestling traditions of ancient Greece, where it was popularized in the Olympic games. It wasn’t until a millennium later that variations were formally taught in Japan, where it developed as its own martial art. Others claim that wrestlers in China created and developed a technique that would evolve into jiujitsu after it was taken to Japan. The mysteries surrounding jiujitsu extend beyond its country of origin and even permeate into the name itself. A quick Internet search will reveal a number of spellings for the martial art, including jiujitsu, jujitsu, and jujutsu.

Chris Salamone is a successful entrepreneur, attorney, author, and public speaker. His most recent book, Rescue America, has received national attention since its publication in October, 2011.