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Deflating the myth that women's leadership abilities are not equal to those of men, a recent study shows that women outperform men in 28 of 31 categories, such as maintaining high productivity, meeting schedules and deadlines, recognizing trends, resolving conflicts, adapting to change, and generating new ideas.

The study, conducted by software company Advanced Teamware Inc., proved that women not only excel in relationship-oriented areas, "but they're also good in the more analytical, hard-edged aspects of business," says Janet Irwin, co-author of the study. "In fact, they're even stronger in the logical, intellectual areas than they are in the interpersonal skills, though they haven't gotten credit for [these strengths] in the past."

Men and women tied in only one category--delegating authority--and men outperformed women in just two areas: coping with frustration and handling pressure. Yet while men were not rated considerably higher in any of the areas measured, women outperformed men at a statistically significant level in 25 of the 31 categories.

The bottom line, says Irwin, is that women tend to have across-the-board skills. "This is the first hard evidence we've had in the United States about this," she says. "A lot of women aren't sure they have what it takes to be successful. And this study says they do."

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This article was originally published in the July 1997 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Web Feat.

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