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Is the Chief of Staff Role Right For You?

Updated: Jan 15, 2023

Are you an Executive Assistant looking for a new challenge? Do you want to take your career to the next level? If so, then the Chief of Staff (COS) role may be the perfect fit for you. The COS role is similar to that of an Executive Assistant on many levels, but there are some important differences between the two roles.

In this blog post, we'll take a look at what sets them apart and how best to research whether or not becoming a COS is right for you.



The Difference Between an EA and COS

The primary difference between an Executive Assistant and a COS is responsibility. As an EA, you are responsible for helping your executive with their day-to-day tasks such as scheduling meetings, managing emails, and making travel arrangements. As a COS, however, your responsibilities extend beyond managing the Executive’s time. The COS acts as a trusted advisor to their Executive by providing strategic advice and guidance on matters related to business operations and key initiatives. This means that in addition to administrative duties, you must also have a strong understanding of the organization’s goals and objectives in order to effectively advise your Executive.


Researching Your Options

If you're interested in becoming a COS, it's important that you do your research before taking on such an important role. You should begin by talking with other EAs who have made the transition from Executive Assistant to Chief of Staff in order to get first-hand insight into what it takes to be successful in this position. Additionally, consider attending conferences or seminars related to the COS role in order to gain more knowledge about what challenges lie ahead and how best to prepare yourself for them. Finally, make sure that you understand all of the expectations associated with being a Chief of Staff prior to taking on such a role within your organization.


💭 A couple of key considerations to kick off your research would be


Have a clear understanding of the Chief of Staff’s role.

The Chief of Staff is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the office, as well as providing advice and guidance to the leader on a variety of issues. It is important to have a clear understanding of what the Chief of Staff’s role is in order to be successful in the position.


Are you able to work well under pressure?

The Chief of Staff must be able to work well under pressure and handle a variety of tasks simultaneously. The ability to stay calm and focused in a fast-paced environment is essential for success in this role.


You will need to be an excellent communicator.

The Chief of Staff must be an excellent communicator, both verbally and written. This includes being able to effectively communicate with different types of people, as well as being able to clearly convey information.


Be highly organized and detail oriented.

The Chief of Staff must be highly organized and detail oriented in order to effectively manage the day-to-day operations of the office. This includes being able to keep track of multiple tasks and deadlines, as well as being able to prioritize tasks.


Can you easily work independently?

The Chief of Staff must be able to work independently and take initiative when needed. This includes being able to make decisions without direction from the leader, as well as being proactive in solving problems.


Be a team player.

Although the Chief of Staff works independently, they must also be a team player and be willing to collaborate with others when needed. This includes being open to input from others, as well as being willing to compromise when necessary.


Have a positive attitude!

The Chief of Staff should have a positive attitude and be someone that others enjoy working with. This includes being friendly and approachable, as well as having a good sense of humor!


Being a Chief of Staff can be incredibly rewarding professionally but it's not right for everyone. It's important that you do your due diligence before making such an important decision so that you know exactly what is expected of you once you assume this position.

Doing proper research will help ensure that if and when you do take on the role of Chief of Staff at your organization, it will be one full of success!


I'm always happy to share my experiences with you, so hit me up on LinkedIn and lets chat about your aspirations of becoming a Chief of Staff ✨


Stay awesome, stay kind and be yourself,

Meg ✌️




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