Shola Richards’ Six-in-Six Rule for Leaders— GLS21 Faculty Spotlight

Published March 25, 2021

Can you relate to these sentiments and experiences in the workplace?

  • Unhappiness
  • Lack of kindness
  • Pessimism
  • Depression
  • Insecurity
  • Stunted growth
  • Undermining
  • Lack of engagement

If you can relate, you are not alone. But there’s hope for a better future.

At The Global Leadership Summit this August 5-6, 2021, we are excited to welcome to the stage best-selling author and sought-after workplace civility expert, Shola Richards. His work has been featured on the Today Show, CBS, Forbes, Black Enterprise and numerous additional publications around the world.

Recognized as an authority on workplace happiness and engagement, Richards’ articles and wildly popular “Positivity Solution” series have reached readers in over 160 countries. He is the Founder and CEO of Go Together Global, having shared his transformative message with leading healthcare organizations, top universities, Silicon Valley, the motion picture industry and on the TEDx stage; his greatest honor being the keynote speaker for the Department of Homeland Security three days before the 15th Anniversary of 9/11.

A self-professed “kindness extremist”, Richards equips and inspires leaders to put positivity, strong energy, massive bravery, tremendous dedication and relentless humanity in the workforce to create collaborative, safe and healthy work environments where people thrive.

There is so much to learn from Shola Richards, especially on how to shift your mindset to lead yourself and others effectively during challenging seasons. We so look forward to the insight he will share at The Global Leadership Summit this August, but for now, enjoy this quick preview of his practical advice on his “Six-in-Six” rule.


Can we get real for a minute? It is a challenging time to be a leader. We’re dealing with mental health challenges, emotional health challenges, in some cases physical health, and dare I say, spiritual health challenges. All of which are making it hard for us to show up for others and live, work and lead in a way that will make a better world for everyone. To add on to those challenges, those we lead are dealing with the same stuff as well.

We need to be at the top of our game if we are going to be prepared to deal with these challenges going forward. I want us to be aware of the thoughts that weaken us. This is important.

Sometimes we think thoughts that aren’t helpful. For example, we’re walking around thinking thoughts like, “I’m not good enough” or “I’m unlovable”. These thoughts will not build strength inside of us to meet the challenges that are coming our way. In fact, these thoughts weaken us.

At The Global Leadership Summit in August 2021, I will talk specifically about how we can turn challenges around so that we can be at our peak of mental-health fitness.

For now, I want to give you something practical you can use to direct your mental energy in a way that makes sense—I call it my “Six-in-Six” rule. It’s very simple.

Think about something you’re worried about right now. Now ask yourself this very important question, Will this situation still be a big deal in my life six months from now?

Will this situation still be a big deal in my life six months from now?

If the answer is no, do not give yourself any more than six minutes of your time to think or worry about it.

Here’s the reason why this is so important. We often direct our mental energy on things that don’t matter. If we dedicate so much energy to small things that don’t matter, it will make it that much harder to direct our energy on the things that we need to lead others well.

I’ll give you an example. I was helping my youngest daughter with some long division. Long division is the bane of my existence, just to be clear. She was struggling. I said, “Just carry the one…just carry the one.” And she said, “Nooo! I don’t get it!”

I sensed myself getting stressed. I honestly had a moment and said to myself, “Shola, Shola, Shola, six months from now will this one long division problem still have a large impact on my life?” The answer is no.

I gave myself the necessary perspective and gave myself the six minutes (actually less) and refocused myself on being the leader I needed to be for my child. She was better for it. I was better for it and we were able to move on in a way that made a difference.

This applies to everything in our work and our life—it is about focusing our energy on what matters.

If what you’re thinking about will likely be a big deal six months from now, spend your mental energy on that stuff. Just don’t waste your energy on things that don’t require your fullest attention.

There is so much more of this concept to get into, and we will dive into it at The Global Leadership Summit on August 5-6, 2021. For now, stay safe out there, and please be the leader that is going to create a kinder, more compassionate, loving workplace for everyone in this world.

Be the leadership change we need to see in this world!

Get your tickets and mark your calendars to join us LIVE on Thursday and Friday, August 5-6, 2021 for The Global Leadership Summit—the premier leadership event of the year! Not only will you have a chance to hear more from Shola Richards, but he will also be joined by an incredible faculty lineup including Dr. Henry Cloud, Juliet Funt, Malcolm Gladwell and many others!

This is a great opportunity for you to get equipped with the leadership skills you need to thrive!

We hope to see you on August 5-6! Get your tickets today >>   
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