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  1. Odessa Dawn's Avatar
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    #1

    "able to/having the ability"?

    I would describe myself as a better team leader, very confident, and able to/having the ability to influence others.

    Would either work with the same meaning?

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    #2

    Re: "able to/having the ability"?

    Use "able to". It follows "I would describe myself as ..." better, and it's shorter and neater.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

  3. Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    #3

    Re: "able to/having the ability"?

    Or with the ability to, instead of and having the ability to.

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