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I’ve examined the lives of some of the top women across many industries--from Arianna Huffington, president of the Huffington Post Media Group, to Maria Eitel, CEO of the Nike Foundation, to Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, Hillary Clinton, Margaret Thatcher, and others. Here are the characteristics they all share.Effective role modelsA recent CNN opinion piece about how to have more women like Sheryl Sandberg concludes that it is the prominence of such women that inspires others to be like them: “We can create more Sandbergs by surrounding ourselves with confident, outspoken women.” Sandberg herself actively works to encourage others by running a monthly salon with talks by inspirational women. The more role models we have across all industries, the more likely it is that the female leaders of the future will be inspired.Hard work“Though successful women are often prone to credit luck for their success, it is mostly hard work and perseverance that brings women to the top of their field,” says Lucy P. Marcus, CEO, non-exec board director, prof at IE Business School, Reuters columnist and host of “In the Boardroom With Lucy Marcus,” in an article for LinkedIn.No one is asking to be handed promotion on a plate. The women who have made it to the top have made it through sheer hard work and determination. But women who work as hard as their male colleagues need to be equally rewarded, and all too often this is still not the case.ConfidenceConfidence can mean a world of difference between a woman who is able to live her dreams and one who is not--so often a talented woman is held back through lack of confidence. The former U.K. prime minister Margaret Thatcher was famous for her confidence and iron will--and for her slogan “The lady’s not for turning.”In an article for the MBA@UNC, media pioneer Arianna Huffington cites lack of confidence as “a killer to success for women. In order to advance their careers, women need to be comfortable seeing themselves as qualified leaders and risk takers.”SupportMadeleine Albright said, “There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.”Many of the current generation of women leaders have credited a good support network in their success, and are now active in encouraging the next generation of women in their field.The MBA@UMC blog states that "Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and 'Change the Ratio' blogger Rachel Sklar are vocal about female inclusivity and encourage women to support each another at all levels."With support like that, the future of female leadership looks positive.KnowledgeChanging the mindset of what is the "right" career for a woman begins early. Women who have a good grounding in technology, math, science, and business--and who are encouraged to take those studies further--are more likely to become the business and political leaders of the future. It isn’t just the book knowledge that counts: Women need to know they can build a career that takes them all the way to the top.