Initiative is the ability to identify and evaluate a problem a take action on it. People who show initiative are consistently striving to experience new challenges and opportunities, to do better, and to be held accountable for their actions and ideas. They often seek information in creative ways, cut through the red tape and bend the rules when appropriate to get things done.
- Create a list of the external factors that impact your company. These could be the lack of the right resources, negative publicity or absence of relationships with the right partners. Do the same but for the internal factors affecting your company. These could be too few good leaders, unclear vision and goals or lack of accountability. Look at both lists and identify emerging trends and opportunities or problems. Could you capitalize on the opportunities you are seeing, or take steps in order to prevent worsening situation turning into a more serious problem? Make a list of steps you have to take in order to accomplish those objectives.
- Take part in volunteering activities at your organization.
- Become a mentor for somebody who is seeking one