Performance review phrases – Initiative

Simply to say, when you take the initiative in something, you do that without having someone tell you. It’s not reckless doing but a careful consideration with thinking and taking the advantage of suitable situation. Therefore, initiative staff is very valuable to any organization. Such staff includes those that:

  • Are highly motivated.
  • Are optimistic and enthusiastic.
  • Are ready to act without waiting for order.
  • Are self-starting and self-disciplined.
  • Are doers and problem solvers.
  • Are willing to accept responsibility.
  • Are reliable and stable.
  • Do their job in a correct and clever way.
  • Learn to listen and adopt a questioning attitude.
  • Know to ask the necessary questions.
  • Set high standards.
  • Doing the right thing in a right manner.
  • Develop creative thinking activities.
  • Adopt the “owner attitude”.
  • Set goals for themselves.
  • Are willing to take over more tasks after finishing one.
  • Are active and dynamic and time-respectful.
  • Know not to become a workaholic.
  • Have a commitment to their work and aren’t satisfied with average results.
  • Being ready to ask questions necessary to complete job perfectively.
  • Undertaking more important tasks and making responsible for them

You can use Performance review phrases for initiative as follows:


  1. Michael understands when and how he should take actions.
  2. We don’t need to supervise John too close. He is a very initiative person.
  3. John is a very creative person. He is skilled in finding the best ways to get a job done.
  4. John has a high sense of responsibility to his job. He tries himself to perfect his performance without anyone telling him to.
  5. John never feels satisfied with his performance. He always seeks new ways to improve it by himself.
  6. John is always ready to take over new tasks whenever it appears.
  7. John has excellent communication skills and is able to get the job done through the best use of people.
  8. John is very responsible for his job. We don’t need to tell him what to do since he gets the job better than us.
  9. Terry is very thoughtful. He always seeks for new better solutions to problem without waiting for others asking him to.
  10. John is a goal-oriented person. He himself is able to set priorities to accomplish his job well.

Exceeds Requirements/More than Satisfactory:

  1. Peter is not afraid to take risks and try new methods of work.
  2. Jennifer is willing to try new solutions that might increase the productivity of her team.
  3. Gwen takes initiative frequently and appropriately.
  4. David spends a lot of time on finding more efficient ways to perform his job.
  5. John strives to seek and take on new opportunities to promote his job.
  6. Dean doesn’t wait for other people told him what to do, he always seeks new tasks.
  7. John is a supporter of new ideas, goals and working methods no matter where they come from.
  8. Dean never waits for others to tell him what to do, he is an initiative man.
  9. For John, no supervision is required, I suppose, since he can work very initiatively.
  10. Terry always looks toward enhancing his own performance.

Meets Expectations/Satisfactory:

  1. Susan takes initiative when it is necessary.
  2. Tamara is ready to take risks in order to satisfy difficult customers.
  3. Nathan demonstrates satisfactory productivity without instructions from supervisors.
  4. Ingrid does not need to be told to perform her duties. She takes responsibility for her actions.
  5. John has poor abilities to establish priorities and courses of action for himself as well as skills in planning and following up to achieve results.
  6. John lacks the experience and qualifications required to perform the job effectively without specific orders assigned to him.
  7. Perhaps John has the qualification, however, he lacks initiative and active manner that it is risky to assign much responsibility to him.
  8. Andrew is too loyal to the company, always agrees with the manager and does not bring his point of view in the discussion.
  9. John is rather flexible. He has the ability to adjust to the ever-changing needs of the situation and willingness to do whatever is necessary to get the task done.
  10. John is keen on facing with challenging way and seeking to improve working environment.
  11. There is no need to put such a strict supervision over Terry. He is very flexible and initiative at work. He can manage on his own.

Provisional/Needs Improvement:

  1. Valerie is a productive employee but she is not striving to accomplish more than she is asked to.
  2. Clyde lacks the confidence to make decisions on his own. He is afraid to take actions without supervision.
  3. John is not as experienced and knowledgeable as he tells in his application.
  4. It seems too difficult for John to do his job on his own.
  5. It is typical of John to think inside a box and be afraid of risking doing in a new way.
  6. John is not decisive. He is not able to make quick decisions, take action and commit himself to completion.
  7. John does not seem to be an idea person. He is not ready to generate and recognize new solutions when performing a task.
  8. We much place a close supervision over John. If not, we will not know if he derails from his path at any time.
  9. John doesn’t create new ideas in his job, in contrast he wants to do things that have be done by others.
  10. John has trouble doing his tasks when he does not receive help or supervision from others.


  1. Jeremy is not willing to learn new work techniques. He becomes less competent every year.
  2. Terry becomes useless without a supervisor. He needs to become more initiative.
  3. John is an inactive person as he never wishes and is not ready to learn new skills or develop his qualification.
  4. John can hardly improve if he continues neglecting opportunities in front of him.
  5. John does not seem to be adjustable. He is not able to perform consistently under pressure to thrive on constant change and challenge.
  6. John is negative to seek out new opportunities to learn and grow his job.
  7. Terry has got trouble in handling new ideas. He refuses every recommendation offered to him.
  8. Terry is reluctant to new ideas and solutions. He keeps on applying old ones, though they are ineffective.
  9. Terry is very limited in his initiative at work. He rarely thinks out of the box. He also rarely accepts new ideas, too.
  10. We must take a close supervision on John if we wish to have him complete this work.


The sample of performance review phrases for initiative is a great/helpful tool for periodical/annual job performance appraisal. Note that, an initiative review phrase can be positive or negative and your performance review can be effective or bad/poor activity for your staffs.

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