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Initiative / Leadership

jī jí
shudou
Initiative / Leadership Scroll

In Chinese, this word means "to take the initiative".

In Japanese and Korean, the meaning varies slightly to a meaning that leans more toward "leadership" (as in one who is leading a group or organization).

Initiative / Proactive / Positive

jī jí
sekkyoku
Initiative / Proactive / Positive Scroll

積極 closely matches the way initiative is often used in English. 積極 can also mean active, energetic, vigorous, positive (outlook), or proactive in Chinese.

The meaning also includes positive and progressive in Japanese and Korean.

Consciousness of Self

zì jué
jikaku
Consciousness of Self Scroll

自覺 is the idea of being conscious, self-aware and sometimes "on one's own initiative".


覚After WWII, they started using a simplified form of the second Kanji for this word in Japan. That version is shown to the right, and you can click on that Kanji if you want the modern Japanese form. Otherwise, the characters shown in the upper left are the correct ones for ancient/old/traditional Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.


The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Initiative
Leadership
主動
主动
shudou / shudojī jí / ji1 ji2 / ji ji / jijichi chi / chichi
Initiative
Proactive
Positive
積極
积极
sekkyoku / sekyokujī jí / ji1 ji2 / ji ji / jijichi chi / chichi
Consciousness of Self自覺
自觉 / 自覚
jikakuzì jué / zi4 jue2 / zi jue / zijuetzu chüeh / tzuchüeh
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.



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