Lawyers are followers, seldom leaders and probably not cut out for entrepreneurship. So insinuated Carleton S. “Carly” Fiorina in a New York Times interview prior to her celebrated ouster as C.E.O. of Hewlett-Packard in 2005.

The idea of “continually adhering to precedent,” Fiorina told The Times, prompted her to leave the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law after a single semester. (Her late father, Judge Joseph Tyree Sneed III, was a member of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at the time, and a former Cornell Law School professor). Instead, she prepared for life as a corporate innovator and Republican party activist.

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