Diplomat. Detective. Politician. Strategist. Entertainer. Financier. Referee.

A chairman of the board deserving of the coveted corner office is a combination of all of these, says Brian Lechem, founding president of the Institute of Corporate Directors in Canada, publisher of Boardroom and recent author of Chairman of the Board (Wiley). Lechem recently spoke with Mutual Fund Market News Editor Lee Barney on what it takes to reach the highest echelons.

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