(someone) takes the initiative

"Taking the initiative" means acting on your own, instead of only responding to other people.

You can "take the initiative" in situations like:

  • searching for jobs
  • making friends
  • finding new projects to do at work
  • asking someone out on a date

"Taking the initiative" is a really positive quality, so it's good when someone says:

You really took the initiative!

This phrase appears in these lessons: