Showing initiative, means you do things without being told; you find out what you need to know; you keep going when things get tough; and you spot and take advantage of opportunities that others pass by. You act, instead of reacting, at work and in life.
Most of us have seen initiative in action. Maybe you’ve seen a team member proposing a process improvement plan to the executive board; or perhaps you’ve a young manager who fills her boss’s shoes when she’s sick and the rest of the team is unsure what to do.
Initiative has become increasingly essential in today’s workplace. Organizations are seeking employees who can think on their feet and take
action without waiting for someone to tell them what to do. After all, this type of flexibility and courage is what pushes teams and organizations to innovate, and to overcome competition and reach the companies peak potential.
Act on your own initiative, but be prepared to assume full responsibility for your acts.
One of the primary differences between those who achieve greatness in their lives and those who manage only to “get by” is that successful people learned early in life that they were responsible for their own actions. No other person can make you successful or keep you can make you successful or keep you from achieving your goals. Taking the initiative means assuming a leadership role, a position that singles you out for praise — and for criticism. The good leader is the one who shares the credit for success with others and assumes full responsibility for failures or temporary setbacks. When you accept responsibility for your actions, you gain the respect of others and are well on the way to creating your own future.
Inspired by Napoleon Hill’s Thought for the Day
Love and Success,
Please share how you have shown initiative in your career. I would love to hear from you!
Megan Tull is an Entrepreneur Success Strategist, Transformational Leader in Business and Life, an Author and an International Speaker. Megan is CEO and Founder of Silverlining Concepts, LLC, a business coaching and consulting firm that specializes in innovative and transformational training and workshops for entrepreneurs, CEO’s and small business owners.
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