Last night I got drunk and sent my boss an email telling him what I really think of him.
I'd just got in from the pub (wife and kids are away) and my BlackBerry was filled to the brim with emails from him referencing all sorts of things from weeks ago, and in one case months ago, that he'd obviously only just read. And he'd chosen tonight of all nights to tell me.
Here was I, home alone, stupidly responding after a skinfull of ale.
Before you start to panic, don't worry my email was full of praise not abuse.
Not in a sycophantic way. I am genuinely full of admiration at how he operates. I like him. A lot.
So I told him so.
I tried to choose my words carefully. But bearing in mind I couldn't focus very clearly on the screen what came out was as much luck as it was judgement.
As a nation we rarely tell people what we like about them to their face. Or at least not at work. Perhaps it's part of being British. Stiff upper lip and all that.
But loosened by one or two pints and a fairly empty stomach (I'm trying out the fasting diet at the moment), I dispensed of my usual inhibitions and told him how much I admire him.
Now it would be easy to cringe at this point and feel somewhat embarrassed on my behalf, but please don't. It's Ok.
My praise was well received.
So what is it I like about him so much that I felt the need to share?
Where do I start.
He has the ability to instil confidence in others.
His praise is warm and genuine.
He is enthusiastic and willing to take risks.
He is very centered. Calm and reassuring.
He is a connector.
He shares his knowledge openly and without an agenda.
He is smart and clearly ambitious but also he wants to harness talent in whatever shape or form he finds.
Quite frankly he's the kind of leader I yearn to be. I want to emulate him.
You'll be pleased to know I didn't say all of that via my rather tipsy email.
But boiling it down I wanted him to know I respect him.
He's a class act. Period (that means full stop in American btw).
Long may I continue to work for him and be inspired by him.
N.B. Just in case any of my work colleagues are reading this, my 'boss' is not my line manager - although to be fair he shares many of the same attributes as above.