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Lessons Learned on the Audit Trail

As internal auditors, trust is crucial to ultimate success. It’s important in gaining stakeholder’s confidence when offering advice on critical issues and effecting positive outcomes.

In Trusted Advisors: Key Attributes of Outstanding Internal Auditors, Richard F. Chambers taps an array of leading internal auditors and, from their experiences, provides insights into the traits that characterize outstanding internal auditors, and those who have also truly earned a seat at the table.

Based on a global survey of nearly 300 chief audit executives (CAEs) and one-on-one interviews, Chambers details the personal, relational, and professional attributes of outstanding internal auditors.

Whether you are just getting started as an internal auditor or you’re a seasoned veteran, the insights gleaned from the collective experience of these experts will help propel you to the next phase of your career.

Trusted Advisors: Key Attributes of Outstanding Internal Auditors


Looking back on his nearly 40 year career, Richard F. Chambers shares many of the key events and insights gained during his impressive career. In Lessons Learned on the Audit Trail, his first book release, Chambers candidly shares:


Personal experiences that illustrate critical lessons every internal auditor will learn from. Insights gleaned from his professional journey, which spans the government and corporate sectors and, since 2009, as President and CEO of The IIA.
Significant events and people encountered along the way, as well as valuable lessons learned.

“The paradox of what you pick up later in life is you have less time to apply those lessons,” Chambers says. “But if I can help just one internal auditor become better prepared for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in this profession, then my efforts writing this book will be well worth it.”

Chambers imparts life-based lessons on such vital topics as the importance of:
- Building and sustaining relationships with internal audit stakeholders.
- Demonstrating value.
- Deploying risk-based audit planning and the dynamic nature of risk.
- Achieving and sustaining a “seat at the table”.