Initiative: Recognizing and doing what needs to be done without being asked or coerced
Being proactive and planning ahead + self-motivated action = initiative
- Active needs assessment: A person with initiative is always scanning their environment to prepare for the next step, to make the company better, or to build the team.
- Action: Taking the initiative leads you to take personal responsibility in the situation.
- Adaptability: People with initiative anticipate necessary change and are flexible and adaptable.
“Without initiative, leaders are simply workers in a leadership position.” – Bo Bennett
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