Argentina’s New President was a Brilliant chief of staff.

Alberto Fernández won the Argentine presidential election in December 2019 with a mandate to strengthen the national economy. In approaching the challenge, Fernandez promised to draw lessons from the revival that his earlier mentors and presidents Nestor and Cristina Kirschner applied nearly two decades ago. He would know those policies best – he was the chief of staff (COS) at that time.

During the revivalist period of the Kirschners, Fernandez was an active implementer of the reforms and acted as a negotiator in difficult situations. He developed a reputation for being a keen listener and a moderate thinker. Those listening skills and negotiation abilities are likely to be tested very soon as Fernandez assumes power.

However, Alberto Fernandez has signalled his assurance that the experiences of being a COS will help guide his new government. Evident by Fernandez’s rise to the presidency, being a chief of staff can often be an incredibly enriching experience and one that can groom leaders for future roles in leadership.

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