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When women first started running businesses, most employed amanagement style seen as traditionally "feminine," usingsuch techniques as nurturing and trying to gain consensus. Otherstried a traditionally "masculine" style, using highlyfocused, aggressive "my way or the highway" tactics.

In recent years, there's been a shift. According to EstherWachs Book, author of Why the Best Man for the Job Is a Woman,women are heading $100 million companies like eBay with amanagement style that's neither feminine nor masculine, but ablend of the two.

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