So, when our leaders leave, for whatever reason, we tend to experience a hole in our professional lives and even in our everyday mundane affairs. Large organizations know that. When the leadership departs, there's an announcement. Sometimes the leader is quoted in that, sometimes not. But there is the opportunity for closure.
Smaller organizations have to learn to provide that same kind of ritual. Since April 2014 I have been leasing in a mid-sized residential complex, owned and operated by a mid-range commercial real estate company. New to the area, I attached to the executive who had been my point of contact.
One day I passed by her office. She wasn't there. I went in. I introduced myself and asked the new person in the chair to introduce herself. That's how I found out that leader I had bonded with had been promoted to a bigger job, based in an office far from the complex.
I was hurt that I hadn't been notified of the change. That could have been communicated through email, flyer put on the door, or even a notice in the community room.
Last weekend I began to scout around for other complexes which might suit my needs better. For example, I would like to be within walking distance of the university here. Good luck trying to find parking if you want to attend a lecture. If I weren't locked into six more months of a lease, I would exit immediately.
Leaders owe their followers a goodbye. That's just the way it is.