Why 'Initiative skill' is important?

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  • You don’t know why Initiative skills matter.
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  • Why Initiative skills matter for students.
  • The benefits of Initiative skills.
  • Conclusion

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We already discussed Initiative skills in our previous article, where we clearly mention the exact meaning of initiative skills.  It will help you to understand better why these skills matter a lot to you.

So let's start!

There are three types of people in this world: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who wonder what happened."

– Mary Kay Ash, American businesswoman

Those who take action and make things happen only have initiative skills. 

Initiative skills mean taking action towards your goal, making decisions that are helping you to achieve your goals. These skills push you to take ownership of work, doing things without anyone being told. 

You have noticed some students have potential, they are good at something but they fear to take initiative. There are many questions that stop them from taking action just due to some inferior feelings like, if they fail, what people say, what will be their reaction, what family members will think etc. This is all because of the lack of initiative skills.

Taking initiative means the ability to see something that needs to be done and deciding to do it out of your own free will without someone else telling you to do it.

When you take initiative, you are responsible for your decision-making process and proactively get things done. 

Here are some tremendous benefits of taking initiative. You will have a clear view after reading this.

Why does Initiative skill matter a lot?

Not only for students, but it is also the most important skill for every individual who wants to do something different.

 If we say in a basic language, initiate means 'start'. If you don't take responsibility to start something better, unexpected, something new. How will you proceed further? 

That's not mean taking initiative means getting a better result. No, this will help you to know which work you are comfortable with or not.

Also, You might have noticed that some students wait for someone who will guide them, who will tell them to take action. They just think that boat will come to them. They are always dependent on others for something to do. What is the reason behind this? Lack of confidence.

Yes. You guessed it right!

Confidence is the fuel of taking initiative.

So confidence is the most important factor for developing initiative skills. Later on, we will discuss what skills are needed for developing initiative skills. Now I am going to show you some benefits of initiative skills.

Some benefits of taking Initiative.

1. Chance to Know your passion

Find out your passion and work on this, is the great job in the world is my perspective. But unfortunately, some youths do not even realize their passion in their 20s. They suffer and are frustrated in their later career.

Here is the benefit of taking initiative is, you will get a better chance to know yourselves. When you take initiative in small activities whether it is sports, dance, comedy, learning new skills, etc. You will get a better chance to know yourself. You can discover your ability, explore interests and know better about knowing passion.

This is the first benefit of taking an initiative. On the other hand, those who do not take initiative, don't get a chance to know themselves.

2. Build self-confidence

Taking initiative is taking a risk. Why am I saying this? I explain, suppose you don't know how to solve a math problem. If you have a lack of initiative skills. Then you suddenly quit. But if you have the confidence to solve the problem then you do whatever needs to be done. Right. 

 It can help to build confidence to face challenges, solving the problem which needs to be solved.

3. Discover your capabilities

Having initiative skills promotes the discovery of your all capabilities. It is the only way to express your potential. When you take initiative, it helps to enhance your thinking capability to solve the problem. For better results, you have to think creatively. In this way, you can explore all your possible capabilities. Also, it enhances your critical thinking. Information literacy as well as providing solving skills.
It is the only way you’re going to learn every step of your journey and your power. Once you start discovering your capabilities, you’ll want to keep going.

4. Create opportunities

The initiative creates opportunities to know yourself better and what is going on around you. It allows you to test yourself in every situation whether it is good or bad.

You will see, some students hide themselves to show their expertise. They worry about how others will think of themselves. But those students who are usually taking initiative, open their path to show their aptitude. They have opportunities to show their role. They stand when no one appears. They show interest in taking part in every activity like sports, science webinars, project presentations, debate competitions, etc. Teachers also impress students who take initiative.

5. Overcome Obstacles

Life is full of experimentation. It's up to you whether you are interested to be a part or not. If we are talking about the school journey, many obstacles appear like as a class monitor you have responsibilities to take care of class. Also, we take examples of science exhibitions.

 In this case, Initiative directs your attention toward a challenging goal and helps us overcome obstacles. It gives strength and builds self-belief. you get life experience which prepares you for a future career.

6. Know about good or worse

Acquiring initiative skills helps you to know the difference between good or worse. When you take initiative, you will know which initiative works better or not. Which is appropriate for further use or not. You have her basic experience of life. And improve the judgmental capability to figure out the difference between them.  Many cases arise where a student is influenced by another person and going through that instead of knowing how it works or not. Initiative skill helps to identify the problem and promote deep thought and analysis properly.

7. Be Creative

Initiative skills also help to improve creativity in students. When you want to take action for something better, it helps to think creatively and goes beyond the imagination.

You look for different ways to grow and excel in your creativity levels. It helps you to think creatively for your school project presentation, science exhibition, social working, etc.

hope you understand why initiative skills matter a lot for students.

Importance of ‘Initiative skill’ for the 21st century.

In our previous article about leadership, we mentioned the need for a leader. Why I intrigue initiative skills with leadership. Because every leader is born from taking one step forward, which converts their normal life to a successful life.

As we know how far we move towards changes. How drastically World acquires technology. Life through the stone of opportunity towards our life to change ourselves. If we don't realize what our future expects from us,  what our future job needs from us. How will we cope with World?

We have to take action. We have to step out to become future-ready. We have taken responsibility for our personal growth as well as our nation.

We have to become a leader and take initiative for what needs to be done for our society, nation, and World. 

Lastly, but not at least we can say

Hope this article gives you a general idea about the importance of Initiative skills. Here we have discussed the importance of Initiative skills in workplaces. This article was just for your basic understanding. In the coming articles, we will discuss it more. So stay tuned with Chatshala. Have a good time!

21ST CENTURY SOFT SKILLS

In this 21st century, developing and enhancing human skills and capabilities through education, learning and meaningful work are key drivers of economic success, of individual well-being and societal cohesion. The global shift to a future of work is defined by an ever-expanding cohort of new technologies, by new sectors and markets, by global economic systems that are more interconnected than in any other point in history, and by information that travels fast and spreads wide. Yet the past decade of technological advancement has also brought about the looming possibility of mass job displacement, untenable skills shortages and a competing claim to the unique nature of human intelligence now challenged by artificial intelligence. This revolution is known as the ‘Fourth Industrial revolution’.  So we can predict that the coming decade will require a ‘purposeful leadership’ to arrive at a future of work that fulfils human potential and creates broadly shared prosperity. That is why OECD Education directorate explains the need of these 21st century skills as-

 

Today, because of rapid economic and social change, schools have to prepare students for jobs that have not yet been created, technologies that have not yet been invented, and problems that we don't yet know will arise.” 

With the onset of the 21st century, the entire world has witnessed an era of intense transformation in all areas, whether it is education, global trade and economy, technology or society. Recently, the covid-19 pandemic is also throwing up challenges for an individual to cope with its impacts. Naturally, for such times, a different skill set is required that would enable an individual to cope-up and succeed in facing the challenges in real-life, leading to his holistic progress. These skills are addressed as 21st Century Skills. 

21st century soft skills can be broadly classified into three main categories - 

  • Learning Skills
  • Literacy Skills
  • Life Skills

Learning skills are the skills required for the acquisition of new knowledge. These are ‘Critical Thinking’, ‘Creative Thinking’, ‘Collaboration’ and ‘Communication’ skills. 

Literacy skills are the skills that help in creating and gaining new knowledge and abilities through reading, media and digital resources. These are ‘Information Literacy’, ‘Media Literacy’, ‘Technology Literacy’ and ‘Financial Literacy’.

Life skills are the skills required for successfully leading everyday life in this century. These are  ‘Flexibility’, ‘Leadership’, ‘Initiative’, ‘Productivity’ and ‘Social skills’. 

  • Critical Thinking: It is the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action.
  • Creative Thinking: It is a skill that lets you consider things from a fresh perspective and different angles. It's an inventive thought process that results in surprising conclusions and new ways of doing things. Or we can say that it is a way to develop novel or unorthodox solutions that do not depend wholly on past or current solutions.
  • Collaboration: It is all about working together, towards a common goal.
  • Communication: It is the act of thinking about what we wish to say before uttering words, of organizing the thoughts we wish others to hear and discuss so they will result in appropriate action.
  • Information Literacy: It is that skillset which equips them with the critical skills necessary to become lifelong learners. 
  • Media Literacy: It is our awareness regarding our mediated environment or consumption of mass communication. It is our ability to responsibly comprehend, access, and use mass communication in our personal and professional lives.
  • Technology Literacy: It is the ability to use, manage, understand, and assess technology. 
  • Finance Literacy: It is the ability to understand and effectively use various financial skills, including personal financial management, budgeting, and investing. 
  • Flexibility Skill: It is a personality trait that describes the extent to which someone can cope with changes in circumstances and think about problems and tasks in a novel in creative ways. 
  • Leadership Skill: Leadership is an influence of personal Power that creates progressively advancing communities towards the common purpose.
  • Initiative Skill: It is the ability to do work without being told what to do.
  • Productivity Skill: It is the ability to work efficiently in a specific period of time and produce a better output as compared to your input. 
  • Social Skills: These are the skills we use every day to interact and communicate with others.

So it is highly recommended for both our current and new generations to become efficient in 21st century soft skills. But Gen Z and ɑ are not aware of this. So We as ‘Chatshala’ are here to enable your cerebral capacities and rejuvenate your potential to explore more to face the challenges of this century by making your ‘passion to profession’ journey more adventurous and joyful. We wish you all the very best!

LEARNING SKILLS: 

LITERACY SKILLS

LIFE SKILLS: 

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