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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.


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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

主動


主动

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zhǔ dòng
    zhu3 dong4
chu tung
 shudou / shudo
    しゅどう
Consciousness of Self Scroll
to take the initiative; to do something of one's own accord; spontaneous; active; opposite: passive 被動|被动[bei4 dong4]; drive (of gears and shafts etc)
leadership

自覺


自觉

see styles
zì jué
    zi4 jue2
tzu chüeh
 jigaku
    じがく
Consciousness of Self Scroll
conscious; aware; on one's own initiative; conscientious
(surname) Jigaku
to realize for oneself

主導


主导

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zhǔ dǎo
    zhu3 dao3
chu tao
 shudou / shudo
    しゅどう
leading; dominant; prevailing; to lead; to direct; to dominate
(noun, transitive verb) leadership; initiative; spearhead

倡儀


倡仪

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chàng yí
    chang4 yi2
ch`ang i
    chang i
initiative; to initiate; to propose (a new course of action)

倡議


倡议

see styles
chàng yì
    chang4 yi4
ch`ang i
    chang i
to suggest; to initiate; proposal; initiative

先制

see styles
 sensei / sense
    せんせい
(n,vs,vt,adj-no) head start; initiative; preemption

先手

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 sente
    せんて
(1) first move (in go, shogi, etc.); moving first; person with the first move; (2) (See 後手・1) forestalling; (seizing the) initiative

先議

see styles
 sengi
    せんぎ
(noun, transitive verb) initiative; prior consideration

先鞭

see styles
xiān biān
    xian1 bian1
hsien pien
 senben
    せんべん
to take precedence; to make an early start; to lead the way
initiative; pioneering

公私

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gōng sī
    gong1 si1
kung ssu
 koushi / koshi
    こうし
public and private (interests, initiative etc)
(noun - becomes adjective with の) public and private; official and personal; government and people

出頭


出头

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chū tóu
    chu1 tou2
ch`u t`ou
    chu tou
 shuttou / shutto
    しゅっとう
to get out of a predicament; to stick out; to take the initiative; remaining odd fraction after a division; a little more than
(noun/participle) (1) appearance; presence; attendance; (noun/participle) (2) surrender (e.g. to the police); turning oneself in; (surname) Dedou
to appear

卒先

see styles
 sossen
    そっせん
(noun/participle) taking the initiative

取組

see styles
 torikumi
    とりくみ
(1) bout (in sports, etc.); match; (2) effort; initiative; dealing with; grappling with; wrestling with; (place-name) Torikumi

專擅


专擅

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zhuān shàn
    zhuan1 shan4
chuan shan
without authorization; to act on one's own initiative

帥先

see styles
 sossen
    そっせん
(noun/participle) taking the initiative

後手

see styles
 gote
    ごて
(1) (See 先手・せんて・2) losing initiative; being forestalled; (2) second move (in go or shogi); moving second; person with the second move; (3) (See 後詰め) rear guard

手抜

see styles
 tenuki
    てぬき
(noun/participle) (1) omitting crucial steps; cutting corners; skimping; (2) intentional negligence; (3) tenuki; taking the initiative by ignoring the opponent's last move and playing somewhere else (in go)

掌握

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zhǎng wò
    zhang3 wo4
chang wo
 shouaku / shoaku
    しょうあく
to grasp (often fig.); to control; to seize (initiative, opportunity, destiny); to master; to know well; to understand something well and know how to use it; fluency
(noun, transitive verb) grasping; seizing; holding; commanding; having control over

率先

see styles
shuài xiān
    shuai4 xian1
shuai hsien
 sossen
    そっせん
to take the lead; to show initiative
(noun/participle) taking the initiative

発議

see styles
 hatsugi; hotsugi
    はつぎ; ほつぎ
(noun, transitive verb) proposal; suggestion; motion; initiative

發動


发动

see styles
fā dòng
    fa1 dong4
fa tung
 hatsudō
to start; to launch; to unleash; to mobilize; to arouse
initiative

發心


发心

see styles
fā xīn
    fa1 xin1
fa hsin
 hosshin
Mental initiation or initiative, resolve, make up the mind to; to start out for bodhi, or perfect enlightenment; to show kindness of heart, give alms; arousal of mind

發起


发起

see styles
fā qǐ
    fa1 qi3
fa ch`i
    fa chi
 hokki
to originate; to initiate; to launch (an attack, an initiative etc); to start; to propose something (for the first time)
To spring up, begin, develop, stimulate; to begin

自勉

see styles
zì miǎn
    zi4 mian3
tzu mien
 jiben
to encourage oneself
to persevere on one's own initiative; to persevere on one's own initiative

試み

see styles
 kokoromi
    こころみ
(1) attempt; trial; experiment; (2) endeavour (endeavor); effort; venture; initiative

進取


进取

see styles
jìn qǔ
    jin4 qu3
chin ch`ü
    chin chü
 shinshu
    しんしゅ
to show initiative; to be a go-getter; to push forward with one's agenda
(adj-no,n) enterprising; go-ahead; progressive

主体性

see styles
 shutaisei / shutaise
    しゅたいせい
independence of will or action; self-direction; autonomy; initiative; identity

主動權


主动权

see styles
zhǔ dòng quán
    zhu3 dong4 quan2
chu tung ch`üan
    chu tung chüan
initiative (as in "seize the initiative"); advantageous position that allows one to call the shots

主導権

see styles
 shudouken / shudoken
    しゅどうけん
hegemony; leadership; initiative

他動的

see styles
 tadouteki / tadoteki
    たどうてき
(adjectival noun) passive; lacking initiative; lacking autonomy
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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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