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Carly Fiorina Shares Leadership Perspective with Queens Students

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"There is a difference between a manager and a leader. A manager produces acceptable if not exceptional results within known constraints.  A leader wants to create change and doesn't accept status quo."  Carly Fiorina shared this as well as many other insightful and inspiring views to a full auditorium of Queens students on Thursday afternoon.  

Fiorina started her business career as a secretary and went on to become the first woman to lead a Fortune 20 company. She is one of the world's most distinguished business innovators as well as an influential thought leader, cultural pioneer, best-selling author and top advisor to both the private and public sectors.

As part of the Queens Learning Society speaker series, Fiorina shared her leadership philosophy.  "Live the life you choose and choose the life you live."  As a young woman, Fiorina graduated with a degree in medieval history and then pursued a law degree.  She realized that a legal career was not in her future.  She says telling her parents was the toughest - yet most satisfying - decision of her life.  "I needed to love what I was going to do.  If not, I wasn't going to be any good at it." 

Fiorina answered multiple questions from students.  She emphasized the importance of a woman's role in business.  She believes in women empowering themselves but also others, a true sign of leadership, she says.  "To lead you need to enlist others.  You need to empower others so they can have a sense of achievement.  To let them say 'we did it ourselves'."

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