My husband, Rohan, is a great leader and does a lot of work with people and organizations. Over dinner the other night we were discussing one of the companies he is coaching right now. Rohan was reflecting on the day and was talking about one of the young employees. He was talking about how this young man had so much energy and enthusiasm towards his role but there was one thing currently lacking. He said, “His initiative button hasn’t been developed.” This young staff member had all the right things, but to take his contribution to another level he needed to develop his initiative.
This is true in the education world too. Initiative is an increasingly rare character trait. We tend to get stuck with doing what we do the way we have always done it, and often fear stops us taking the initiative we really should be taking.
Initiative is simply this: doing something without being asked.
This week’s assignment:
This week, take initiative in one area or with one task. Do something without being asked. See a need and fulfill it. Identify a problem and solve it. Observe an issue and rectify it. And do all this without being asked – and notice how energized you will feel as a result. Work on developing this character trait, it will not go unnoticed.
Enjoy the journey,
And more importantly,
Enjoy the moments.