As part of a more extensive study designed to establish the characteristics of women who have succeeded in the male‐dominated world of management and entrepreneurship three questionnaires were used to assess gender identity, creative style and political style. These characteristics are thought to have a fundamental influence upon the career behaviour of women. Three main objectives are put forward: first, to present a number of ideas about the possible political style, creative style and gender identity of women managers and entrepreneurs; secondly, to present a discussion of the findings and their significance in relation to the behaviour of women at work and, finally, to attempt to illustrate that all three measures identify a common characteristic, that is, “independence of thought” which it is suggested may be essential for women operating in the male‐dominated world of work.
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