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What Do Tech's Most Powerful Women Have in Common?

When the IBM Watson Personality API analyzed these female tech leader's words, it identified nine traits as being most dominant.
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9. Achievement-Striving

Belinda Johnson, chief operating officer at Airbnb

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The IBM Watson Personality Insights API provides scores for 30 different characteristics, which come from the International Personality Item Pool (IPIP). The traits are organized into five groups of six, with six characteristics corresponding to each of the “big five” personality facets: agreeableness, conscientiousness, extraversion, emotional range, and openness.

The ninth most common trait for the female tech leaders was achievement-striving, which falls under the conscientiousness category. People who score high on this trait are said to be “driven,” or in other words, “You set high goals for yourself and work hard to achieve them.”

Belinda Johnson scored the highest of the female tech leaders from the Forbes list with a score of 97.7% for achievement-striving. The AI also scored Sheryl Sandberg (91.4%) and Angela Ahrendts (91.2%) as particularly high in this category.


Cynthia Harvey is a freelance writer and editor based in the Detroit area. She has been covering the technology industry for more than fifteen years. View Full Bio

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