The following characteristics were identified by the author of a book on women founders in technology (Gascoigne, 2020):
- Unafraid or at least not letting it stop you
- Willing to discover answers rather than being stopped by lack of experience
- Have a sense of urgency to get the job done
- Taking charge
- Confident, or at least acting confident
- Thinking independently
- Able to decide the next step in-the-moment
- Willing to tackle problems
- Committed, hard worker
- Tolerant of discomfort
- Emphasis on getting things done over waiting for a perfect completion
- Willing to take risks
- Able to multitask, juggle details
- Growth and improvement oriented
Sources: Gascoigne A. Tech Boss Lady: How to Start-up, Disrupt, and Thrive as a Female Founder. Seale Press; October 9, 2018.
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