Think about your career history. Who was your best manager? Send them a quick thank-you email today!
It doesn’t have to be fancy. Here’s a cut-and-paste template:
SUBJECT: Reaching out
Thanks for showing me how to be a good manager. Now that I lead a team myself, I finally appreciate the work you were doing back then to create a great experience for our team. I especially remember when you ______________. Thank you for being a role model to me.
Then send it. You’ll make their day.
Don’t have their contact info—or they’ve passed away? Take the time to write the note anyway. It’ll help you clarify what you value as a leader, including areas where you want to improve.