Initiative is recognizing and doing what needs to be done before I am asked to do it. (Bill Gothard, speaker and writer)
We used to describe a person with initiative as someone who has the “get up and go” gene. He or she doesn’t wait for permission or advice; they just pick up the ball and run with it. To be successful, such gifted people have to be careful that they have correctly determined what needs to be done and have the capability to do it.