Of all the qualities that make someone a good employee, friend, partner, or teammate, the most elusive is reliability.
A reliable person:
It all comes down to respect. A reliable person shows respect to others and earns it in return. All relationships, personal and business, stand or fall on reliability. Lapses in reliability can be tolerated if respect is shown and understanding sought, but unreliability without apology or explanation is unacceptable.
This post is the result of months of personal and business interactions, precious few of which were marked by any acceptable level of reliability.