Donald Trump’s selection of a new chief of staff seems to follow recommendations from the only book that tells the story of all presidents and their top aides. I’m partial to THE SHADOW PRESIDENTS because I wrote it, and urged:
- First, that a successful chief of staff must display a passion for anonymity, not seeking the spotlight,
- Second, he should have built a successful independent career,
- Third, president and aide should enjoy compatible chemistry, but avoid mutual dependence, so the assistant never becomes indispensable.
- And finally, the chief of staff should enjoy clear primacy in the White House hierarchy, rather than competing with his fellow aides.
The choice of Reince Priebus is excellent in all four dimensions, preparing the former RNC chair to lead an effective, reformist White House operation.