Maybe it’s down to one of my core values being “do what you say you will, when you say you will” lateness really frustrates me and live by the rule “to be early is to be on time, to be on time is to be late, to be late is unacceptable”.
Being late for anything whether it’s a meeting, a coffee or your dentist appointment is disrespectful. There are few things I hate more than being late myself and I break out into near-panic if it looks like I might be even 30 seconds late. That’s probably why I’m known for almost always being 10 minutes early.
If you’re 5 minutes late for a meeting with 10 people that’s 50 minutes that just got wasted. Do that once each week for a year and you’ve wasted over 40 hours of other people’s precious time.
Yes, sometimes there’s an emergency. Yes, there are times when I’m late. But when I’m late I take responsibility to properly account for why to everybody whose time I’ve wasted ensuring that they realise just how seriously I take my responsibility for being on time.