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Skills vs Abilities

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A skill is an ability that is possible to teach, test and measure.
Ability is a broad term for human capacity that includes areas such as talent and emotional intelligence that are difficult to teach, test and measure.

The Difference

Skills apply to specific and well defined activities such as solving a mathematical problem.
Abilities apply to all human capacities to interpret, imagine, interact, create and solve.

Relationship

A skill is a type of ability.

Example

A proficient artist develops a technical skill to represent what they see with a pencil or brush.
A great artist develops a talent over the course of a unique life. They have the ability to invoke people's imagination and passions with their works.
The proficient artist possesses a skill and the great artist possess abilities that might be described as talent or genius.
Skills vs Abilities
Skills
Abilities
Definition
An ability that is possible to teach, test and measure.
A human capacity.
Example
Solving a math problem
Developing a theory of physics.

Business Skills

This is the complete list of articles we have written about business skills.
Analytical Skills
Business Analysis
Business Experience
Change Management
Communication
Computer Skills
Customer Service
Data Literacy
Decision Making
Design Thinking
Finance
Human Resources
Influencing
Leadership
Management
Marketing
Negotiation
People Skills
Personal Resilience
Planning
Problem Solving
Procurement
Project Management
Public Speaking
Quality Assurance
Relationship Building
Risk Management
Sales
Self-Direction
Storytelling
Strategic Planning
Strategy
Systems Thinking
Time Management
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