Behavioral indicators of Initiative include:
- Evaluates, selects and acts on various methods and strategies for solving problems and meeting objectives before being asked or required to do so.
- Exhibits resourcefulness, independent action, and professional judgment that are position appropriate.
For rating definitions and behavioral examples of the Initiative behavioral competency in the Non-Faculty Performance Evaluation, please refer to the Performance Evaluation - Competencies and Ratings Overview.
- Training & development
The following are recommended trainings and activities designed to enhance competency-related knowledge, skills and/or abilities.
Instructor Led Training
- Designs for Effective Decision Making
- Leading UP – Strategies for Succeeding with Your Boss
- Personal Change Management Strategies
- Problem Solving at Work (TrainTraq course #2111581)
- Problem-Solving for Supervisors (TrainTraq course #1007)
- Adapting to Change (TrainTraq #2111683)
- Identify opportunities for improvement in your work unit and take it upon yourself to recommend and implement solutions.
- Talk with others who demonstrate a high level of initiative and ask them how they have learned this skill, what obstacles they have faced along the way, and how they handled with them.
- Observe someone who constructively handles conflict and ask what strategies and approaches they use to manage conflict.
- Coaching suggestions
The following are recommended strategies a supervisor can utilize to support an employee’s competency development.
- Empower your employee by providing direction toward the assigned SMART performance goal and permit employee to work out the details.
- Clarify areas where initiative is welcome and those where it is important to get guidance before moving forward.
- Meet at predetermined milestones to check progress and reward initiative taken.
- Expect employee to take ownership of his or her work and responsibility for the outcomes; provide feedback as necessary.
- Reward and praise actions that demonstrate initiative.
Links and External Resources
- MindTools (Toolkits on strategy, problem solving, decision making, etc.)
- Seven Steps for Effective Problem Solving in the Workplace
- Study Guides and Strategies – Problem Solving and Decision Making
- The HeadScratcher Post (monthly newsletter)
- 20 Problem-Solving Success Tips
- Change Management
- "ADKAR" - A Model for Change Management
- Scott, Cynthia and Dennis Jaffe. Managing Personal Change, Third Edition. Boston, MA: Thomson Learning/Course Technology, 2009.
- Bridges, W. (2004). Transitions, Making sense of Life’s Changes. Cambridge, MA: Rerseus Books.