As I mentioned in my blog General Counsel Becoming CEO - http://halebury.passle.net/post/102ctsn/general-counsel-becoming-ceo?TW - I've known a couple of lawyers who've ended up becoming CEOs. It remains unusual and this article explores some of the reasons why and gives advice on what lawyers need to do to make the successful transition. Worth reading.
Before they can be successful CEOs, plenty of lawyers need to "unlearn" some of their training, according to Bloomberg Businessweek. That means learning to work well with big teams, something most accomplished in-house attorneys have already done. Then, lawyers need to stop being so risk-averse. Success at the corporate helm requires someone who is able to make choices quickly and in the face of uncertainty.