Tuesday will come with many mixed emotions.
My boss, Rose, is retiring after 33 years as a public employee.
I’ve worked with her for 16 of those years, through many changes in our work and personal lives.
I’m happy for her, but sad for myself…for the loss of someone who inspired me in so many ways.
She is the Almost Perfect Leader.
“Be a leader with a ladder, not a boss with an order.”
― Debasish Mridha
My boss is the Ladder Queen.
I’m still in the denial stage. This seems surreal, as if it’s not really happening. I want to go into her office and talk to her, stare at her, tell her how I feel about her. Unfortunately, I’m a chicken and I had to write her a letter, which will be placed in her hands as we part on Tuesday. I’m unable to confront those emotions face-to-face with my leader boss. (I may feel different, in December, when I’ve had one or three drinks at her retirement party.)
I first met Rose around 1996 or 1997 when she came to meet with my then boss. I really only remember being introduced to this very nice blonde lady and that was about it. Then, in 2000, Rose came to interview for an Assistant Regional Chief position in our division…with one black shoe and one navy blue shoe. She had gotten up in the dark, not turning on the light due to a sleeping husband, fumbling around in the closet for a dark pair of shoes. It wasn’t until it was too late did she notice the error. It didn’t really matter, though, as the Regional Chief made the best decision ever in hiring her. Six years later, when the Regional Chief retired, Rose once again promoted and honed her skills as the Almost Perfect Leader.
My mentality is like a samurai they used to train every day, work on their technique to make themselves better, almost perfect, perfection is impossible but every day you get closer and that’s what I want . Every day I want to get better than I was the day before.