Respecting Time Needs of Others

Start and end meetings on time. Delaying a meeting because of a leader’s lateness is not only rude, but instantly devalues the time of others. Punctuality counts. So does ending on time. 

Let others know when you’re running behind schedule. This common courtesy allows others to decide how to best spend the time while waiting for you. They are frozen when they don’t know when you will show up. 

Cancel appointments and meetings you can’t avoid missing as soon as possible.The sooner you alert others that you can’t make it, the easier it is for them to reallocate that time.

Avoid scheduling last-minute meetings. No one appreciates having to push aside their schedule to accommodate late requests. 

Respect the time boundaries of others. Calling or engaging others late at night or over the weekend takes colleagues away from their families. This is both unfair and unnecessary.  

Don’t make others wait for a response they need. Slow response times impede progress. Colleagues shouldn’t have to wait on the leader when attempting to complete important tasks. 

Don’t volunteer other people’s time. Maybe the most disrespectful time-related action a leader can engage in is volunteering other people’s time without asking them. Leaders who do this often think they are doing a favor for colleagues who will appreciate the opportunity, event, or function, when in reality they are committing others without any idea of the issues that might cause. 

Source: Admired Leadership