While I’ve always stressed the importance of taking initiative and owning your job, I’ll bet there have been times when you’ve faced trouble for trying to do just that. Most managers and authority figures say they want initiative, and the majority really do. But the fact remains: some aren’t as keen about it as they claim—especially when you color outside the lines. If you take too much initiative, you can become a bother, break their process, or run afoul of micro-managers.
“Employers and business leaders need people who can think for themselves — who can take initiative and be the solution to problems.” — Steven Covey, American business writer.
Ultimately, how much initiative you should take at work depends on a number of factors. So before you weigh in on something or just jump in willy-nilly, keep these things in mind:
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