“Unelected and unconfirmed, the chief serves at the whim of the president, hired and fired by him (or her) alone. And yet, in the modern era, no presidency has functioned effectively without one.” – Chris Whipple, The Gatekeepers
As I’m writing this, our country is grappling with big, yet unsurprising news: President Trump has fired his first Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus. From the very beginning, there were questions around Priebus’s leadership style and organization of the many advisors (including family members) in Trump’s ear. And after six months of turmoil, Priebus is gone and General John Kelly, previously Secretary of Homeland Security for Trump, is now in the hot seat.