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Mayor de Blasio is late. A lot. Does it matter?

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We have no statistic to show you how often Mayor Bill de Blasio arrives late or how late he arrives. His tardiness probably bothers journalists on deadline a lot more than the average New Yorker. After all, if a news conference, starts 15, 20, 45 minutes late how much does that really impact the fate of the city?

But a hundred days in we can say it seems like the mayor is late a lot. So, we wondered: what -- if anything -- that says about him as a manager and a leader.

"If I'm unable to be on time, people will also ask the question: what else am I unable to deliver?" said Professor Anat Lechner, who teaches leadership and management at NYU Stern School of Business.

Not shockingly, she tells her students that punctuality can mean the difference between landing a job and not receiving a call back.

"It's a show of respect and a show of trust," she said.

But for those already in positions of power, Lechner seemed even less willing to excuse chronic lateness as some endearing personality quirk.

"Leadership is here to do what? To help us instill order in our life, reduce anxiety, provide direction, contain emotions," she says. "Leadership cannot allow itself to be in that state of flux."

Right outside Lechner's office in Washington Square Park, we found exactly no one concerned with arriving anywhere any time soon. But all seemed to think this city demanded punctuality more than other places.

"We got a fast-paced city here, so it's important to be on time," one person said.

"New York time; a New York minute we know lasts about a second," Lechner said.

"It's such a razor thin margin between you and other people, so punctuality might be the one thing that makes a difference for you getting the time with a manager," said Nathan Pyle, the author of "NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette."

He stressed the benefits -- personally and professionally -- of arriving early to events in this city. But as for the time-management skills of this metropolis' elected leader?

"I don't know what it's like to be the mayor," he said. "I can only imagine you're wanted a lot of different places."

As for the mayor, after arriving late for an interview with the NY Times, he said that punctuality was sorely overrated.

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