Describe the best manager you’ve ever had.
What qualities in that person did you most admire? Why did you like working for them? What did they do to make a positive impact on you and your career?
While everybody has different criteria for what makes somebody a great manager, there are typically some consistencies. I bet the person you’re thinking of helped you play to your strengths and work on your weaknesses. They celebrated your successes and guided you through failure. They listened to you, developed you, empowered you, and trusted you.
In other words – they were more like a coach, and less like a boss.