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Effective EOP Leadership: Learned Guidance for an Incoming Appointee

By Duane Blackburn

2024 Presidential Transition

This guide provides leadership principles and best practices for incoming appointees in the Executive Office of the President (i.e., the White House) based on the author's eight years of experience.

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Welcome to the Executive Office of the President (EOP), a place where history is made and the future is shaped. The EOP is more than just a workplace; it is an arena where ideas are polished, policies are crafted, and key decisions on the future of our nation are made. As you step into this role, you are stepping into a position of immense responsibility and influence. The decisions you make will echo across the nation and around the world, impacting the lives of millions, if not billions, of individuals. It is a place where the stakes are high, the scrutiny is intense, and the rewards are unparalleled.

However, it is also a place that often lacks formal training or even informal guidance for its new appointees, which can significantly hinder your chances of success. This document aims to help overcome that gap, offering insights into EOP-focused leadership principles and learned best practices to help you acclimate quickly.