Hours after announcing her candidacy for president, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina spoke to Megyn Kelly on "The Kelly File" in a cable exclusive interview.

Fiorina said that her single greatest qualification is knowing what leadership is.

"Leadership is not the same is management. Management is about doing the best you can within the status quo. Leadership is about changing the status quo when it needs changing. And I think it needs changing in Washington right now," Fiorina said.

"Leadership ... is not about position, power or title. It's about unlocking the potential of others. And I think now in this nation, we need a leader in the Oval Office who understands how to unlock and unleash the potential of this nation once again."

Fiorina said that leadership is about character: integrity, trustworthiness, honesty, experience, wisdom.

"While I've not held elected office, I understand how the economy works," Fiorina said, adding that she knows more world leaders than every other candidate except for possibly Hillary Clinton.

"I understand bureaucracy and how it works. I understand technology and how it works. And government's a big, bloated bureaucracy, and technology could be used to help," Fiorina said.

"And most importantly perhaps of all, I understand executive decision-making, which is making a tough call in a tough time with high stakes for which you're prepared to be held accountable. And you don't learn that in a book."

Watch the "Kelly File" interview above.


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