Program Info | The Learning Leader

Develop YOUR Personal Excellence as a Leader in the Brand-New Learning Leader Academy

Learn with me as I distill the best of what I’ve learned from 300+ conversations with world-class leaders, my 12-year corporate career, and my time spent as a quarterback.

Session 1 is SOLD OUT!

You’ve chosen to be a leader.

You’re a high-performer. You’re successful, driven, and accomplished. You have a desire to continually improve and get better, and you make conscious choices to surround yourself with other people who have the same growth-oriented mindset.

People look up to you for your leadership excellence.

...but you know there’s always more growth ahead of you.

You approach life with genuine curiosity. You realize that the more you learn, the less you know.

In other words, if you’re reading this, you’re in the right place.

If you’re in the top 10%, but you want to be in the top 1%, where do you go?

I’m learning right along with you.

I’m curious, hungry to learn, and constantly striving to be better.

So a few years ago, I researched what seemed to be the natural next step for my growth, which was earning a PhD in leadership.

However, when I started looking at the curriculum of the programs that were out there, it looked like there was probably only about 30 to 40% of it that I would enjoy, and about 60% or more that I would not.

And so I thought, “Is there a way that I could pick my own topics, choose my own professors, and learn from the people who I admire the most?”

I chose to create my own PhD in leadership. And that’s how I began The Learning Leader Show.

Ever since then, I’ve been reaching out and speaking with some of the most inspiring, intelligent, creative leaders on the planet, recording them, and sharing the conversation with the world. I've spoken with a number of my heroes. I’ve talked with the people who fascinate me: best selling authors, CEOs of big companies, solo entrepreneurs, world-class athletes, coaches, and many more.


I've learned more in the past four years doing this than anything I've ever done in my life.

I’ve made so many discoveries. Everyone who I’ve talked to has unique insights on leadership. If you’re on this page, you probably know me from the podcast. You’ve probably been listening, growing, and improving right along with me.

So you know that all along the way, the guests on my podcast have shared countless comments, stories, and principles that are like gold nuggets.  

Panning for gold vs. Handing out gold bricks

However, these gold nuggets from the podcast are scattered through hundreds of episodes which represent countless hours of listening.

Even for my diehard listeners who have heard every episode (thank you very much, by the way), it’s like panning for gold. As valuable as the podcast is, it’s hard to remember everything everyone said. It’s hard to assimilate all the takeaways when it’s in that format.

And I’ve always wanted to make this more accessible, kind of like handing out gold bricks instead of handing out mining equipment.

For the past two years, I’ve had the growing desire to compile and curate all of the most useful lessons I’ve learned. I’ve wanted to pack them into an easy-to-learn format that extracts all the best lessons and imparts them in a clear and actionable way.

I’ve been learning all this time from the top minds in leadership. Now, I feel the responsibility to make it easier for others to learn the same.

So I’m taking action.

Session 1 is SOLD OUT!

Your path to dramatic growth in leadership excellence

I’ve packaged up the most impactful and useful knowledge into an online course that I’m now incredibly excited and privileged to be launching for the first time.  

It’s called The Learning Leader Academy, and it is a 6-week program that will teach excellence in leadership through a mixture of instruction, interaction, and implementation.


It’s for leaders—and potential leaders—who want to grow, be recognized, invest in others’ success, and earn respect.

You’re going to have a hand in forming the material for future students who enroll in this course. When we go through it this first time, it’s going to be a more hands-on experience than we’ll ever have again.

That’s because I want to be able to pivot, tweak, and customize things in the course before launching it on a large scale to a broader audience. I’ll be asking for your input on what is working for you and what is not. We are going to have a much more intimate structure than what I’ll eventually roll out.

I have three goals for you:

  • You’ll be educated. You’ll get a “mini PhD” from all the learnings that I designed for myself in the “PhD program” that I created on the Learning Leader show. 
  • You’ll be empowered. I’ll be sharing compelling stories and making your road to leadership smoother and easier. 
  • You’ll be inspired to act, to make a change. Head knowledge is only a fraction of the picture when it comes to leadership. The biggest and most important part is the execution. So in the course, you’ll be taking action, building habits, and doing.

Questions you may have about The Learning Leader Academy

Learning leadership excellence is a mix of two things.

1) Sharing the stories and science of others who have paved the way before us. I experienced growth when Simon Sinek told me, "if you have a desire to see others succeed, THAT'S why you lead." Another example was Kat Cole's model that great leaders have this mixture of four things: courage and confidence mixed with curiosity and humility. There are concepts I'll be sharing that you'll grasp as soon as you hear them, and they'll make a permanent difference in how you see the world, approach leadership, and execute.

2) The other (bigger) half is execution. We will be concentrating on the specific actions you need to take, habits you need to implement, and skills you need to learn, so that you can actually practice leadership and make strides forward. This is the tougher part, the part where people are tempted to get weary and quit. But that brings us to another subset of execution, which is the ability to handle adversity with grit and resilience. We'll be covering the mindset you need to have as a leader, and what you can do about that.

Obviously, the practice side of the equation is the part that you won't be done with in 6 weeks. In fact, you'll never be done.

But you will be in the right trajectory. You'll be practicing the right things. You'll know what to focus on and how to move forward so that you accelerate your growth.

You should. That is a great supplement to this course. You can have every detail and nuance that way, and the more you expose yourself to the mentality and thought processes of great leaders, the more you will absorb that.

This course is for you if you know that leadership is a choice and you have chosen to be a leader. You are already performing at a relatively high level. You are seeking knowledge, guidance, and community. You know that others can help them grow and get better and better, and you realize that the pursuit of excellence in leadership never really ends.

It doesn't matter if you have not gotten promoted to a management role yet. You might not yet have people reporting to you. That's ok. You can still choose to lead even if you haven't been promoted yet, and you'll still be a great fit for the course, because you possess that growth mindset.

However, this course is NOT for you (and you should NOT enroll) if you think that you're not yet a leader because "you haven't been picked." Leadership is a choice, and if you are not a leader, that's because you haven't chosen to be. So that's your fault, and this course will not help you, because only you can make that choice for yourself.

In short, this is for you if you're someone who wants to be the most excellent version of yourself possible. You want to become more effective as a leader, be recognized, invest in others' success, and earn respect.

Lee Kerfoot

“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 sales 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.”

Lee Kerfoot, Hotel Real Estate Advisor

“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, which is why being a guest on his podcast is so rewarding that I came back a second time! Thank you Ryan for creating one of the most interesting and insightful leadership podcasts out there.”

Liz Wiseman, New York Times best selling author Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter 

Liz Wiseman

Jim Tressel

“There is no question that Ryan has a passion to serve others and to continue his own personal growth through The Learning Leader Show. Anyone, any age, would benefit from the wide array of guests, and the thoughtful, insightful dialogue that occurs.”

Jim Tressel, President, Youngstown State University Championship-Winning Head Football Coach The Ohio State University

“Nothing in my career has accelerated my career trajectory more than work with Ryan Hawk. I cannot recommend it enough for high-performing, growth oriented professionals. Everything Ryan does, from the podcast to the groups, has a very specific purpose. Every question, every discussion. Nothing is on accident. this carries over into the people he attracts into the groups. These are high-octane individuals with extremely high standards and clear goals, but they have humility and a ‘learner mindset.”

Josh Ballantine, Enterprise Sales Oracle

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What's Inside The Learning Leader Academy

Here’s a quick run-through of what you’ll learn in each module:

In week 1, we’ll cover the foundational elements of effective leadership. It starts with your personal operating framework. I’ll share what I’ve learned and how you can create this for yourself to operate at a high level. I’ll also share the proper definition of effective leadership and the difference between managing and leading.

In week 2, you’ll cultivate your personal excellence—so that you can move from knowledge to action and implementation. I’ll push you to expand your intellectual curiosity, self-discipline, and habits of effective leadership. We’ll talk about qualities of personal excellence that every leader needs to cultivate, and how to implement all that while still enjoying a great work-life balance, daily motivation, and emotional health.

In week 3, we’ll explore how you can earn respect as a leader. The best leaders are great listeners, are authentic, and encourage curiosity. I’ll share what I’ve learned from interviewing hundreds of the world’s most inspiring leaders so that you can lead with confidence and earn true respect.

In week 4, you’ll learn how leaders communicate. The most excellent communicators in the world share common traits, and I’m going to teach you what they are. We’ll talk about how to balance firmness with empathy, as well as how to tackle difficult or high-stakes conversations.

In week 5, you’ll get effective strategies for taking on a new role. Yes, it can be scary and bring growing pains to play at a higher level. This is your chance to be trained in advance to take on a leadership role for the first time, step into a more prominent role after being a leader for a while, and be the best version of yourself in brand new challenges.

In week 6, I’m going to open up candidly about dealing with failure, plus cover YOUR topics. Failure becomes harder the bigger you are. Learn my tips for how to handle adversity and come out better than you went in. Plus, get the opportunity to raise your question or ask about any topic of leadership that’s relevant to you.

How the Learning Leader Academy works

We’re going to have a great time together.

We’ll meet once a week for 6 weeks, and I plan to run each class for 75 minutes.

Each class will follow a general structure:

  • Review and recap the previous week, and answer any questions that arose
  • Deliver my live presentation
  • Questions and discussion time

If you miss a live session, don’t worry; I’ll be sharing the recordings afterward so that you don’t miss a single thing.

Inside the Learning Leader Academy, the content is excellent, but what’s going to be even better is the community.

The type of person who would sign up for this is the type of person that you probably would want to know. This is a chance for you to be in the virtual “room” with similar-type individuals who are pursuing leadership along with you.

This aspect alone is going to multiply the benefit for everyone in the room.

Enrollment is open starting now, and will close on Monday, January 28, or when we fill our available spots, whichever happens first.

So what’s the investment?

After 4 years, 300+ episodes, and 135+ Mindful Monday emails, I wanted to do something special for the people who want to dig into this in a deeper way.

I'm really excited about this course, and I'm putting a lot of time, effort, and energy to make it a great experience for people who step up and say, “That’s me! I might be at an 8, but I want to get to a 10.”

So the investment for the course is something that I think demonstrates the value that I'm going to deliver, while also keeping it as affordable as I possibly could.

Also, it’s worth asking your employer if they will cover your tuition for this class just as they would for you to go back to graduate school (most companies pay $5,250 per year in educational reimbursement).

The cost to enroll in The Learning Leader Academy is $997, or you can choose to make 4 payments of $297.

And if it’s not for you for whatever reason, I hope you’ll keep listening to the podcast and reading the emails--those will continue to be free.

But if you’re ready to step up and join me, you should grab your spot right now while they’re still available. 

Want to join us?

Right now, I’m inviting you to invest in yourself and be part of the Learning Leader Academy. Surround yourself with other growth-oriented individuals… Learn from the collective wisdom of what I’ve gathered... Be challenged and uplifted by your fellow classmates.

I’ll be interacting with this first batch of students in ways that are not scalable.

I want to have personal interactions with each student to ensure maximum learning. Because of that, we’re looking to target a small group of 20 students.

Click the button below to sign up now, and I’ll see you inside the course!

When you join the Learning Leader Academy…’ll join with other people who are striving for excellence, constant growth, and another big step forward on their journey…’ll add one more layer into the “aggregation of marginal gains” that you’re already in the process of building for yourself…’ll get just a little bit better in ways that compound over time…

...and you’ll potentially form lifelong friendships with other high-performance leaders who can hold you accountable, challenge you, brainstorm with you, and expand your perspective.

I’ll be your facilitator in the process, and I look forward to growing together with you on this journey as we all pursue an extra edge in our leadership.


The Learning Leader Academy



The Learning Leader Academy Payment Plan

4 payments of $297

To take advantage of this offer, you must enroll by Monday, January 28. Enrollment is limited to a small group of students.

I’m committed to imparting as much as I possibly can pack into the six weeks of the Learning Leader Academy, so get ready to grow—fast—alongside other passionate, growth oriented leaders like you.

I can’t wait to see you inside the course!

Best regards,

Ryan Hawk Sign

P.S. Thank you for your continued support of The Learning Leader movement. I’d love to have you be part of my first course. Please do so before the January 28th deadline. Thank you!