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The title chief of staff identifies the leader of a complex organization, 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.

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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. Often chiefs of staff act as a confidante and advisor to the chief executive, acting as a sounding board for ideas. Ultimately the actual duties depend on the actual position and the people involved.

Medicine (North America)

  • The chief of staff in a hospital in the United States or Canada is the primary leader of all divisions and staff, including divisions that have chiefs as well, such as, leadership over chief of surgery, chief of obstetrics, chief of orthopedics, etc. as divisions that each are headed by a leader in that specialty. The chief of staff is inevitably a physician, as opposed to the chief administrator, who is often a non-medical professional.
  • Government

  • Chief of Staff to the President of Brazil
  • Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister (Canada)
  • Chief of Staff (Philippines), a former position in the Cabinet of the Philippines, serving under the President of the Philippines
  • Downing Street Chief of Staff (United Kingdom)
  • White House Chief of Staff (United States)
  • Chief of Staff to the Vice President of the United States
  • Rivers State Chief of Staff (Nigeria)
  • Chief of staff (United States Congress), the most senior staff member in the office of a member of the United States Congress
  • Principal Staff Officer to the Prime Minister (Pakistan)
  • Military

    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.

    In general

  • Chief of the Defence Staff
  • Chief of the General Staff
  • Chief of the Army Staff
  • Chief of the Air Staff
  • Chief of the Naval Staff
  • Category:Vice chiefs of staff
  • In Azerbaijan

  • Chief of General Staff of Azerbaijani Armed Forces - head of General Staff of Azerbaijani Armed Forces
  • In Canada

  • Chief of the Defence Staff (Canada)
  • Chief of the Air Staff (Canada)
  • In France

  • Chief of the Defence Staff (French: Chef d'État-Major des Armées, CEMA)
  • Chief of Staff of the French Air Force (French: Chef d'État-Major de l'Armée de l'Air, CEMAA)
  • Chief of Staff of the French Army (French: Chef d'État-Major de l'Armée de Terre, CEMAT)
  • Chief of Staff of the French Navy (French: Chef d'État-Major de la Marine, CEMM)
  • Chief of Staff of the French Gendarmerie (French: Directeur-Général de la Gendarmerie, DGGN)
  • In Ghana

  • Chief of Defence Staff
  • Chief of the Army Staff
  • Chief of the Navy Staff
  • Chief of the Air Force Staff
  • chief of staff in government

    In Ireland

  • Chief of Staff of the Irish Defence Forces
  • In Italy

  • Chief of the Defence Staff
  • Chief of the Army Staff
  • Chief of the Navy Staff
  • Chief of the Air Force Staff
  • In Pakistan

  • Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, headed by the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee
  • Chief of Army Staff
  • Chief of Air Staff
  • Chief of Naval Staff
  • Commandant of Pakistan Marines
  • Commandant of Pakistan Coast Guard
  • In the Philippines

  • Chief of Staff, Armed Forces of the Philippines - exercises command and control over all elements of the Armed Forces of the Philippines
  • Portugal

  • Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces (Portuguese: Chefe do Estado-Maior-General das Forças Armadas, CEMGFA) - operational commander of the Portuguese Armed Forces
  • Chief of Staff of the Navy (Portuguese: Chefe do Estado-Maior da Armada, CEMA) - commander of the Portuguese Navy
  • Chief of Staff of the Army (Portuguese: Chefe do Estado-Maior do Exército, CEME) - commander of the Portuguese Army
  • Chief of Staff of the Air Force (Portuguese: Chefe do Estado-Maior da Força Aérea, CEMFA) - commander of the Portuguese Air Force
  • In the United Kingdom

  • Chief of the Defence Staff (United Kingdom) - the professional head of the British Armed Forces.
  • Chief of the Naval Staff, more commonly called the First Sea Lord
  • Chief of the General Staff, formerly the Chief of the Imperial General Staff
  • Chief of the Air Staff
  • 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. The Queen is the head of each branch of the British Armed Forces; members of the Royal Air Force and the Army take an oath of loyalty to the Sovereign.

    In the United States

  • Joint Chiefs of Staff, headed by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS)
  • Chief of Staff of the United States Army
  • An Army General (O-10) serving as the senior ranking officer within the United States Army, but subordinate to any Army O-10 serving as CJCS or Vice CJCS
  • Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force
  • An Air Force General (O-10) serving as the senior ranking officer within the United States Air Force, but subordinate to any USAF O-10 serving as CJCS or Vice CJCS
  • In Unified Combatant Commands, headed by a General (O-10) or Navy Admiral (O-10)
  • A Major General (O-8) or Navy or Coast Guard Rear Admiral (O-8) overseeing the command's directorates
  • In military commands headed by a Lieutenant General (O-9), Vice Admiral (O-9), Major General (O-8) or Rear Admiral (O-8), or Brigadier General (O-7) or Rear Admiral, lower half (O-7)
  • A Colonel (O-6) or Navy or Coast Guard Captain (O-6) overseeing the entire General Officer's/Flag Officer's command staff; in some cases may also be referred to as an Executive Assistant
  • In some commands and organizations, two officers in pay grade O-6 may be assigned as Chief of Staff and Executive Assistant, respectively
  • In former states

  • Stabschef, commander of the Nazi Sturmabteilung
  • References

    Chief of staff Wikipedia


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