An individual's action that begins a process, often done without direct managerial influence. For example, an employee might take the initiative to come up with a new product or service that the company could offer.

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  • Roger was praised for the initiative he took in changing the signage to make the entrance to the new office much easier to find.

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  • When the teacher asked students to present the projects they had been working on for months, Paul had the initiative to go first.

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  • We are looking for employees that will demonstrate initiative by sharing their ideas, helping to improve our business, speaking up about problems, and suggesting potential solutions.

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