A Chief of Staff (COS) can significantly contribute to a CEO’s success while advancing their own career. COS responsibilities can vary from administrative to strategic, depending on the organsation’s needs and the COS-principal relationship, always focused on enabling the CEO’s mission. Eight pieces of practical advice for COSs include defining the job description, building trust, ensuring smooth transitions, and balancing influence without engaging in internal politics. The COS role is dynamic and intense, presenting both challenges and exciting opportunities for those who navigate it skillfully.
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