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Followership by James Schindler

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CHAPTER 6

The Three “I”s of Initiative

What does it mean to show initiative at work? It means simply to make your boss’s job easy. How does one make the boss’s job easier by using initiative? Let us briefly discuss several different assets you can display as an exemplary follower to make your boss’s job easy. You should be imaginative, inspirational, and independent.

Imagination

Imagination is the act or power of forming a mental image of something not present to the senses or never before wholly perceived in reality.1 Albert Einstein once said, “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” Your imagination can be one of your greatest personal assets. It allows you to see the world or your new job as full of possibility. ...

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