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Attorney Chris Salamone spent the early part of his 20-year career representing businesses and prominent individuals such as athletes, celebrities, and business executives. He is the founder and former CEO of LeadAmerica and the National Student Leadership Conference. Chris Salamone is also the co-founder and chairman of the board of Spartan Capital Investors, where he works with entrepreneurs, helping them achieve their business and financial goals. Entrepreneurship generally requires long hours and great sacrifices, but the rewards can be tremendous. The successful entrepreneur possesses the following characteristics:

1. Leadership. An entrepreneur is required to have strong decision-making abilities and be able to inspire and motivate people toward a common goal.
2. Self-motivation. A high-achieving entrepreneur works tirelessly to resolve the problems that confront him or her.
3. Ethics and integrity. If an entrepreneur cannot prove herself to be of high integrity, nobody will do business with her.
4. No fear of failure. All entrepreneurs must take risks in order to obtain rewards.
5. Innovation. Entrepreneurs are always coming up with new ideas or working to improve existing ones.
6. Willingness to learn. Entrepreneurs are not afraid to ask questions when necessary.
7. Competitive spirit. The best entrepreneurs enjoy a challenge and like to win. When they fail, they learn from the failure and move on to the next challenge. They know that winning (success) only comes the experiences and lessons learned from defeat and failure.
8. Strong Team and network of peers. Savvy entrepreneurs understand that they cannot succeed alone. They surround themselves with a team of skilled and determined people.

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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.