Let’s review what conceptual skills are and why they’re important in the workplace.
Conceptual skills are the ability to work with concepts and ideas which provide the ability to develop solutions regarding high-level theories, ideas and topics.
From a management perspective, these skills are widely required because those who have them can approach complicated situations in a variety of different ways.
This quality also involves addressing challenging scenarios with a creative, innovative approach. With conceptual skills, it becomes easier to understand abstract or complicated ideas.
A manager with high conceptual skills can transform his ideas and thoughts into action-driven solutions.
The ability to approach a situation with a creative and abstract approach is highly valuable for middle managers, so developing conceptual skills can be beneficial if you want to progress in a career as a manager.
Ricardo Silva is a professor, coach of executives, mentor of entrepreneurs and business consultant. With more than 20 years of experience in companies such as El Palacio de Hierro and Telmex, he has also been a mentor at Startup Mexico (SUM) and the Wadhwani Foundation. Professor at UNAM, Universidad Anáhuac Centro, UVM and EBC. He i holds an MBA from the UDLA-Mexico City and a Bachelors of Business Administration from ITAM.