Definitions: (1) taking the first step(s) or move(s); responsible for beginning an action; to inaugurate; (2) the attribute of originating new ideas or methods; inventive; (3) thinking and acting without being urged; enterprising; a go-getter

Balancing Qualities: courage, experience, insight

• Initiative is doing the right thing without being told. — Victor Hugo (1802-1885) French playwright
• The biggest things are always the easiest to do because there is no competition. — William Van Horne (1843-1915) Canadian railway executive

Comment: Initiative sometimes fails because an educated guess may have to be made when you don’t have experience or information. Your guesses become a new set of opportunities upon which to base the next experience in your quest for qualities. Even failed initiative is valuable. If you get negative feedback, you have an opportunity to work on communication, understanding, reflection, etc. Since you decided to take action, you have added those constituent qualities to your portfolio.