The ability to take initiative in the workplace is one of the most highly valued skills. An initiative-taking approach demonstrates a proactive approach to work. Managers who are proactive recognize their team members’ willingness to work hard, demonstrate professionalism, and facilitate the development of their personal and professional skills.
A proactive mindset emphasizes taking action and taking responsibility for one’s actions. By taking charge, you are able to make decisions rather than allowing things to happen to you. Proactive individuals do not wait for good things to happen to them. They go out and make things happen for themselves.
When a manager takes initiative at work without requiring supervision or operating under the guise of policies and procedures, he or she is more persistent and masterful at overcoming obstacles.
Additionally, a proactive manager can communicate effectively both verbally and in writing. Effective communicators can share ideas with others and inspire action. An effective manager is willing to admit their mistakes. When their plans fail, they are willing to learn from their mistakes.