Stepping Up: Initiative

By Ron Hiraki Initiative is a quality we look for in people when we are selecting, training, or evaluating, especially when looking for people who will be in leadership positions such as instructors, coaches, or fire officers. Initiative is frequently a rating category in probationary or annual performance evaluations. Initiative is something we value in the fire service. What is initiative? There are several good phrases from dictionary definitions that are applicable to the fire service. For our purposes, let's define initiative as taking action without being told. That action must be appropriate, done correctly, and welcomed by the organization, other members of the organization, or th...

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