Conceptual Skill What is Conceptual Skill Conceptual skills allow you to think

Conceptual skill what is conceptual skill conceptual

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Conceptual Skill What is Conceptual Skill? Conceptual skills allow you to think through and work with ideas. Leader with higher levels of conceptual skills are good at thinking through the ideas that form an organization and its vision for the future, expressing these ideas in verbal and written forms, and understanding and expressing the economic principles underlying their organization’s effectiveness. These leaders are comfortable asking “what if” or hypothetical questions and working with abstract ideas. Conceptual skills allow leaders to give abstract ideas meaning and to make sense of abstract ideas for their superior, peers, and subordinates. This skill is most important for top managers, less important for middle managers, and least important for supervisory managers (Northouse, 2010). We could offer one caveat. While conceptual skills are less important at lower levels of management, to be promoted to higher levels of management, it is important to develop and demonstrate the skill at all levels of management (Yukl, 2006). 3
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Why is conceptual skill more important for top managers than for supervisors? Vision A common leadership trait among top managers is their vision. They have minds that constantly look ahead toward an end goal or company objective. This vision is what provides the framework for the structure and actions of a company. Within a company, top managers normally develop long-term vision and set the course for the company, while supervisors carry out directives in leading their employees on that course. Strategic Planning Strategic planning is the periodic process of reviewing company plans of action and updating them when necessary. For instance, a company may have a growth strategy of diversifying its business by adding new product lines and services. Top managers normally lead in the strategic planning process and then convey the tasks required to front line supervisors. They then carry out directives with their employees by delegating tasks to each. Broad Thinking A major crossroads in business conception is taking big picture goals and strategies and outlining how each functional department in the organization participates. This is a critical element of conceptual skills that makes good top managers successful. They can effectively communicate vision and strategy to get supervisors on board, and then explain how each functional department participates in the process. For instance, top managers often involve human resource professionals in strategic workforce development to ensure the company meets its talent needs to carry out its goals and strategies. Stability 4
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A major reason top managers need conceptual skills more than supervisors is that this scenario gives the company more stability. Rather than waffling around with new goals, strategies and task roles, conceptually-skilled managers can keep the organization on the right track and make minor tweaks in strategy and tasks as needed. Employees have more faith in their business when top managers project a good sense of the big picture and the details of the operations. Supervisors are looked to more for task direction and motivation of employees in completing their specific job functions.
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