I is for Taking Initiative in the Workplace

I is for Taking Initiative in the Workplace

initiative in the workplace

Taking the initiative in the workplace is an important trait that helps show managers and coworkers your value. It illustrates your ability to think and take action without waiting for someone to tell you what to do. When you show initiative, you don’t need to be told what to do. But instead, you instinctively know what needs to be done next. And then, you go ahead and do it.

A natural tendency exists to fear failure and eliminate risk. But companies that promote idea generation and reward risk-taking are found to be more creative and innovative than their counterparts. Most companies want employees who can think on their feet and take action without waiting for instructions before each and every task. This courage, creativity, and initiative have shown to help teams advance, innovate and even defeat the competition.

Taking initiative isn’t easy, but it is necessary for growth, in both your personal and professional life. A few easy ways to take initiative are:

Find opportunities for improvement.

Be proactive and look for ways to improve both your performance and systems in the workplace. If something isn’t working, don’t be afraid to find a way to improve it!

Be prepared.

Be prepared for when things go wrong. Or for when someone asks something of you, whether it be an extra task or a problem to solve. If you prepare yourself for when things are a challenge, they won’t feel so difficult. This is the easiest way to set yourself apart from your coworkers.

Voice your ideas.

The biggest way to be proactive is to not be afraid to speak up and voice your ideas. This could be for a project you are working on, or a new way to organize incoming projects. It is important to speak up, because voicing an OK idea is better than keeping a great one to yourself for fear of rejection.

Learning to act instead of reacting is a practice we should all use in the workplace and in our personal lives. Speaking up for yourself and taking some initiative isn’t easy. But it is necessary for growth in both your personal and professional life. Remember that making decisions that result from taking initiative help improve and develop your self-confidence, leadership potential, and, most notably, the courage to take risks when necessary.


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