“Organization” is among the few absolutely critical characteristics
of a successful leader. Simon’s special brand of organization goes far beyond
the day to day need to keep track of things and activities, though. He has an
organized mind. Simon can and does think about things in an unusually organized
way, has at his mental fingertips a huge range of relevant information and
concepts, and routinely demonstrates his special ability to mentally organize
complex problems and issues.
Simon’s level of mental organization sets him apart from merely
competent leaders. He fully understands what needs to be understood. This by
itself is impressive. The truly amazing thing, though, is Simon maintains this
level of organization over time, as circumstances change, as what is important
shifts, as information serves its purpose and is replaced with new information.
Among other benefits for the team, Simon’s exceptional mental organization lets
him see problems before they are problems, opportunities before they are
opportunities, and solutions before others recognize there is an issue. By the
time something needs done, he has already done it. His master touch is he makes
it look easy. Unless you observe closely, you may never know anything
exceptional is happening, right before your eyes.