Episode 114: Ryan Hawk on Leadership, and How Competing at QB with Ben Roethlisberger Prepared for His Life’s Work

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In this episode, I interview Ryan Hawk, the podcast host of The Learning Leader Show. We talk about sports, personal development and leadership development, and I think this is relevant in developing future leaders, our kids in the K-12 space and beyond.

Guest Bio:

Ryan HawkRyan Hawk is the Founder and Podcast Host of The Learning Leader Show, a podcast created out of his desire to speak with and learn from the smartest, most creative leaders in the world.

Ryan is a learner and a leader.

Previously he worked as a sales leader and is currently working in a corporate leadership position.

He started his leadership journey when he played quarterback on his 2nd grade football team. That led to being the captain of his high school and college football teams and eventually culminated in his playing a few years as a quarterback in the Arena Football League.

Ryan is the husband of a great wife and the father to five beautiful daughters.

Show Notes:

(04:07) You had the chance to have deep conversations with over 70 high performers across multiple disciplines. What common characteristics have you taken away from these people, that they have in common?

(08:00) What is it about your family’s background, your background, that has this consistent thread of achievement, or balance?

We’re always striving to do big things to leave a positive impact on other people’s lives, in a  way that we could be seen as someone that people want to be around, seen as somebody who tries to help others, tries to lead the right way, with integrity and honesty.

(10:08) Why don’t you give the listeners a little background about your story- where you came from, your football background, and what you’re doing today?

(14:17) What has the game of football taught you, that you’ve applied to your life, your family, and the business ventures you have today?

(16:37) What are the things you look for in a mentor when you’re seeking one out, or ones you respect that you love to learn from?

(22:00) What benefits do you see in being an introvert, in becoming the leader that you can be?

(24:14) We talked a little about one of your inflection points, about your competition with Ben Roethlisberger at Miami in Ohio, really fighting to win the job. Ben ended up beating you out, and what decision you had to make at that point for yourself to continue to grow.  There’s a consistent thread to me when I talk to high achievers about their really close relationship with failure. I’m curious as to a moment or series of moments that served as critical to you and who you are and what you strive to be.

(28:58) One of my favorite books is Dr. Carol Dweck’s book on mindset. Based on her research, one can go from having a fixed mindset to a growth mindset. I’m curious how that is accomplished. I wonder if you were born with that growth mindset, and is it just strengthened over time? Or how somebody with a fixed mindset goes and develops that growth mindset?

(33:53) Let’s move on to your recent venture as a podcast host, and developing these relationships and developing yourself as an interviewer. How have you developed your conversation flow, your structure in conversations? What has your process been?

You have to consciously and intentionally find ways to push just a little bit more than you were before if you want to keep getting better.

39:45 Is there a person you want to interview that you haven’t got a chance to call on yet?

42:05 Do you believe that, that’s exactly what it is, with guest acquisition, is it just grit and effort, is that what you think?

44:14 When you hear the word successful, what comes to your mind?

(45:43) What book has most influenced you and why?

Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success by Adam Grant

(46:28) With the content that you read, is it all nonfiction or do you read fiction as well?

(47:01) If you could have dinner with one person you admire, past or present, who would it be and why?

Steve Jobs
Dave Matthews

(48:26) What’s next for you, what’s next for the show? Do you have anything that you set your sights on?

(49:19) What’s your daily writing habit and goal?


Website: http://learningleader.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ryanhawk12

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