#279: Becoming a Learning Leader with Ryan Hawk

By June 21, 2021Podcast, Blog, Leadership

In the latest episode of the L3 Leadership podcast, Doug Smith speaks with Ryan Hawk about his advice in the corporate world, experience in football, his recent book, Welcome To Management: How To Grow From Top Performer To Excellent Leader, his show, The Learning Leader Show, and more. Check it out on any major podcasting platform!

Key Take-Aways From Episode 279:

  1. While you have to be excellent at your current job, on the side, you have to be working on developing the skills to be excellent at the next job.
  2. Develop a relationship with those who are in decision-making roles early on in your career.
  3. Leaders are about people choosing to commit to you rather than committing to someone else
  4. Commitment is a choice.
  5. The excellent leaders in the world are the ones who live in a way where they inspire others to choose to commit to them versus complying to whatever they say because they don’t want to go.
  6. Ryan Hawk shares his definition of a good day and operating framework:
    1. Fuel your intake engine
    2. Not just a learner, be a Doer – experiment with what you’re learning
    3. Take a step back & reflect
    4. Greatest tools in the world for learning is teaching
  7. “You should strive to be a learning machine.” – Charlie Munger


Ryan Hawk is a keynote speaker, author, advisor, and the host of The Learning Leader Show, a podcast with millions of listeners in more than 150 countries.  He is the author of Welcome To Management: How To Grow From Top Performer To Excellent Leader  (McGraw-Hill, January 2020). Forbes called WELCOME TO MANAGEMENT “the best leadership book of 2020.”

A lifelong student of leadership, he rose to roles as a professional quarterback and VP of Sales at a multibillion-dollar company. Currently, as head of Brixey & Meyer’s leadership advisory practice, Ryan speaks regularly at Fortune 500 companies, works with teams and players in the NFL, NBA, and NCAA, and facilitates “Leadership Circles” that offers structured guidance and collaborative feedback to new and experienced leaders.


Doug is the Director of Development at Light of Life Rescue Mission and Founder and CEO of L3 Leadership. He is the author of his eBook, “Making the Most of Mentoring”, a step by step guide to help you build and cultivate relationships with mentors. He is the host of the L3 Leadership podcast and he is a sought after public speaker.  

He is married to his high school sweetheart, Laura, who currently works as the Head of Manufacturing at Ivalua. Together, they love family, personal growth, travel, working out, and serving others.



Welcome To Management: How To Grow From Top Performer To Excellent Leader 

The Learning Leader Show



While you have to be excellent at your job on the side, you’ve got to be working on developing the skills to be excellent at the next job.Click To Tweet
It’s a worthy investment of your time to begin developing relationships with people in positions that make decisions.Click To Tweet
There are no leadership titles, so leaders, anybody can be a leader regardless of title from any place in an organization.Click To Tweet
Leaders are about people choosing to commit to you when they otherwise could choose to commit to somebody else.Click To Tweet
So that’s really what leadership is all about; who is actively choosing to commit to you.Click To Tweet
Get the thoughts out from your head down to the page and work on crafting those messages to your team so that you can inspire them in a different way.Click To Tweet
I just don’t believe in, no, I just believe in, not yet.Click To Tweet
From a leadership perspective, I try to do the same as a dad and in business, it’s really the same thing: your presence is required.Click To Tweet
If you can’t handle praise and you can’t handle criticism, then you can’t really go for big things.Click To Tweet


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