The practice of stepping out and initiating action
What is it?
Having initiative means constantly looking for ways that you can contribute to your team, department or organization and taking action accordingly. It’s saying to your boss, “Would you mind if I helped out on this project if I did so in my spare time?” What boss would say no?
Why is it important?
Today’s workforce is full of people who are disengaged from their jobs. These employees are only marginally invested in the success of their organization, and often do only what is asked of them. Leaders and managers are on the constant lookout for employees who, by contrast, strive to add value to the organization by taking initiative. This may be one of the quickest ways to get yourself noticed as a high potential employee.