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initit-, ppl. stem of initire to begin, initiate, f. initi-um beginning. Cf. F. initier (14th c.)


Initiative represents a readiness to embark on a new venture. Generally speaking, the motivation for an initiative arises from a desire to accomplish something.

A typical initiative is expressed as a process and includes metrics and time frames. It may be a formal, named project, a pilot project, or an informal executive directive. In any event, an initiative serves as a focal point for attracting the resources needed to accomplish a cherished goal.

Economic incentive often plays a strong role in establishing and following through energetically to complete an initiative. A strong economic reason for accomplishing the goal can enhance its chance to succeed.


  • 1. That which initiates, begins, or originates; the first step in some process or enterprise; hence the act, or action, of initiating or taking the first step or lead; beginning, commencement, origination. on one's own initiative, by one's own origination.
b. to take the initiative (F. prendre l'initiative, 1567 in Hatz.-Darm.): to take the lead, make the first step, originate some action.
b. spec., Pol. Sci. The right of a citizen or defined number of citizens, outside the Legislature, to originate legislation.