"Taking Initiative" – Influence Magazine

Taking Initiative

by Chris Railey

Navigating the stages of building culture is really about leading change in a way that allows you to move from tension to resolution. Trust and communication will cement the vision for your people, but initiative is what gets you through to the end goal.

Having a team that intuitively takes initiative is important to building a healthy culture. I’d rather people try and fail than never take the initiative at all. In the Parable of the Bags of Gold in Matthew 25, two of the servants worked hard, showing great initiative. But there was one who buried his gold, afraid of losing it. Of course, this servant lost out in the end because of his lack of initiative.

We’ve all had people on our team who bury their talent, make excuses or simply don’t try. They never took initiative and always waited for someone to tell them what to do. A healthy and strong culture has a team full of people who take initiative...