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Understanding of the value of self-motivation and initiative; ability and willingness to seek out work and the drive to accomplish goals.

Behavior Statements

Proficiency Level 1 - Basic understanding

Explains how initiative increases the chances of success.

Describes cultural factors that encourage and discourage initiative.

Cites examples of taking initiative in own personal or professional life.

Describes opportunities for taking initiative in the organization.

Proficiency Level 2 - Working experience

Utilizes available tools or approaches for increasing knowledge of self-motivation.

Explains how own motivation relates to the workplace.

Ensures appropriate degrees of attention to both personal and professional priorities.

Identifies and exploits own strengths; minimizes limitations.

Learns and uses resources organization has to assess and enhance team motivation.

Proficiency Level 3 - Extensive experience

Leverages strengths from one environment to apply them to another.

Maintains a sense of personal achievement and satisfaction in a variety of environments.

Describes diverse scenarios where sense of urgency was critically important.

Cites personal examples of persistence in the face of difficulties.

Proceeds without seeking unnecessary permission.

Takes calculated risks because of orientation to action.

Proficiency Level 4 - Subject matter depth and breadth

Seeks out opportunities and experiences that stretch own or team limitations.

Works to create a climate that values drive and initiative.

Compares and contrasts own organization's 'how to get things done' to other organizations.

Plays an active role in communicating acceptable behavior for personal effectiveness.

Promotes a climate that encourages self-motivation and self-management.

Encourages viewing setbacks or failures as learning opportunities.

Interview Questions

  • Give me an example of a time you took the initiative to proceed on a task or project without waiting for permission or direction.
  • What types of motivating factors help you take initiative?
  • Tell me about a time when you had to complete something without much guidance and how you did this.

Titles with Shared Competencies