The title chief of staff (or head of staff) identifies the leader of a complex organization such as the armed forces, institution, or body of persons and it also may identify a principal staff officer (PSO), who is the coordinator of the supporting staff or a primary aide-de-camp to an important individual, such as a president, or a senior military officer, or leader of a large organization.[1][2]

In general, a chief of staff provides a buffer between a chief executive and that executive's direct-reporting team. The chief of staff generally works behind the scenes to solve problems, mediate disputes, and deal with issues before they are brought to the chief executive.[1] Often chiefs of staff act as a confidant and advisor to the chief executive, acting as a sounding board for ideas. Ultimately the actual duties depend on the position and the people involved.[1]

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In general, the positions listed below are not "chiefs of staff" as defined at the top of this page; they are the heads of the various forces/commands and tend to have subordinates that fulfill the "chief of staff" roles.[citation needed]

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The Sovereign is the Commander-in-Chief. The CDS heads the Chiefs of Staff Committee and is assisted by the Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff.

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  1. ^ a b c Bromwich, Jonah Engel (2019-11-07). "Hail to the Chief of Staff". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2024-01-28.
  2. ^ a b Whipple, Chris (2018-03-06). The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency. Crown. ISBN 978-0-8041-3826-0.

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