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.