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Keynote Speaker, Podcast Host, & Author
As the founder and host of The Learning Leader Show, a leadership podcast with millions of listeners in more than 150 countries, I inspire excellence in leaders looking to take their game to the next level. Forbes called my first book Welcome to Management – How to Grow From Top Performer to Excellent Leader, “the best leadership book of 2020.” My second book, The Pursuit of Excellence, sold through its first print run in eight hours. It explores the uncommon behaviors of the world’s most productive achievers. Forbes wrote, “The Pursuit of Excellence is the most dynamic leadership book 0f 2022 delivering a masterclass on how to apply the most useful habits to real life.”
I’ve served as the keynote speaker on leadership-related topics for hundreds of leadership conferences, national sales meetings, leadership retreats, and new manager trainings. I also facilitate Leadership Circles that offer structured guidance and collaborative feedback for new and experienced leaders, and I serve as a 1:1 leadership advisor for senior executives.
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“Ryan Hawk is a master of dualities: He’s a great leader, but also a ferocious learner. He’s an accomplished athlete, but he’s also excelled in the business world. He’s eminently interesting, but he’s also genuinely interested. Ryan has uncovered the secrets of what the best leaders do and how they think. If you are a new manager transitioning from player to coach, do yourself and your team a favor and read this book. Welcome to Management will teach you to lead like the pros and build a team that wins together.”
“Every new manager makes mistakes. But you might make fewer of them if you follow the practical advice that Ryan Hawk has spent years collecting.”
“A thorough, well-researched, and highly practical manual for new managers. When you promote someone, first congratulate them, and then immediately hand them a copy of this book.”
“Welcome to Management is the ultimate all-in-one guide to becoming a great leader—from developing the right skills, to building and managing teams, to coaching your employees. Whether you’re a novice in a brand-new leadership role or a veteran looking to get better, this wise book is for you.”
“Ryan Hawk’s work provides nuanced and articulate insights into the best way to begin developing a plan for bringing to light how we should lead—and it starts with reexamining ourselves.”
“Ryan was the first person I reached out to when my company needed a speaker for an event. We were lucky enough to book him for an event that brought the sales teams from several of the companies under our umbrella together and he killed it.”
“I still have people quoting Ryan about “saying yes to the uncomfortable” over a year after he spoke.”
“Elevating my network and learning from other high achievers has helped me build better relationships in and outside of the workplace. In the last year, I can attribute lessons from the group to helping me achieve greater than 50% growth in my business. Further the group dynamic helped me facilitate better discussions and focus at home, enabling me to be more present and making me (I hope) a better husband, father, sibling and friend.”
“I’ve been coming to this conference for 25 years.
That was easily the best keynote I’ve seen in all of these years.”
“Ryan Hawk’s Leadership Academy was a valuable experience from which I continue to use lessons in improving my everyday leadership. I have significant leadership experience leading large groups of individuals through complex and at times dangerous operations for the last 16 years. This is one of my most memorable and useful leadership development experiences which continues to positively impact my everyday leadership. His exercises are designed to get you to think more deeply about your leadership than ever before!”
“Ryan Hawk is that rarest kind of people – a truly curious soul who asks questions that drill down into the heart of the matter, leave space for contemplation, and gently urge his subjects to look inside for answers they might not yet have discovered themselves.”
“Working with Ryan Hawk has been a game changer! Before working with Ryan, I had the desire to improve but I just didn’t know where to focus my efforts. His outside perspective, previous experience, and probing helped me define what was important. Then we focused on the top priorities to increase my productivity and efficiency. After one year with Ryan, my sales went from average to the highest in the history of the firm by a very wide margin. When you work with Ryan, be prepared to radically shift your mindset to what is possible.”
Stephanie Wernick Barker
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