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Leadership and Lateness

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Trust and being on time are bedfellows. Think about the colleagues you work with and a meeting is set for 2pm. Are you there a few minutes before, just exactly there as the clock strikes 2 or late, later, latest?

Anyone will give some slack for up to maybe eight minutes. After that trust diminishes with each minute lost.

Late once in a while? Have a good reason? We have all been there and are forgiving and kind to each other.

What about chronic lateness? It is a trust destroyer.

Take Natalie. She is the head of a large team and when a meeting is set for 2pm everyone figures if it starts by 2:45, it is officially considered on time.

So, what does her team do while waiting for their esteemed leader?

They gossip and make snide comments about her, like “she must be related to the CEO, or if she is as smart as she is late she must be a genius.”

How long until Natalie is either demoted or let go?

Research shows that those who are chronically late are amazing blame makers. It is always something or someone “out there” that cause them to be late. They are deniers whose pattern is to ignore the hints and even when told straight out that their lateness is a success derailer, they shrug and ignore, ignore, ignore.

Check out this most annoying pattern in “Don’t Bring It to Work” and see if the shoe fits. Look at the positive opposite of the denier, not surprising, it is the trust builder.

There is NO excuse for being late that really works all the time. Find out how to change your behavior and win at work.

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