Definition and Behavioral Indicators of Initiative

INITIATIVE – Evaluates, selects and acts on strategies for solving problems and meeting objectives before being asked to do so.  Begins actions to influence events and/or to achieve goals.  Sees opportunities for action and acts on them.

For example:

  • Does things before being asked
  • Recognizes and acts upon opportunities
  • Creates opportunities or minimizes potential problems by anticipating and preparing for them in advance
  • Willing and eager