3 Keys to go from Top Performer to an Indispensable Leader

Ryan Hawk interview with Mitch Matthews

3 Keys to go from Top Performer to an Indispensable Leader

My guest is Ryan Hawk.  Even though it sounds like the name of a superhero’s alter ego… Ryan is actually known as an advisor to Fortune 500 companies, a keynote speaker, and the host of The Learning Leader Show… which is a top-rated podcast with millions of listeners. 

He’s interviewed people like ‘Good to Great’ author, Jim Collins, Mythbusters’ Adam Savage and storytelling master and DREAM THINK DO friend… Kindra Hall.  Ryan is also the author of the new book, ‘Welcome To Management: How To Grow From Top Performer To Excellent Leader.’



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Ryan Hawk is a lifelong student of leadership, and he’s been able to experiment with that knowledge as a professional quarterback, and VP of Sales at a multibillion-dollar company.

Now he works with teams from Fortune 500 companies… teams and players in the NFL, NBA, and NCAA, as well as he, facilitates “Leadership Circles” that offer structured guidance and collaborative feedback to new and experienced leaders around the country.

Okay… so on DREAM THINK DO, we talk about concepts that help people to dream bigger, think better, and do more of what they were put on the planet to do.

That means we have incredible people who are moving and shaking and making a difference.  What that also means is that we’ve got a lot of rock stars who aspire to move up within their organizations, take on leadership roles, and have even more impact.

BUT…  often when top performers are promoted to management-level positions―they find the tactics and strategies that got them promoted are not the tactics and strategies that will make them effective in their new role.  So in this episode, we talk about the 3 keys to moving from a top performer to an Indispensable Leader.   

We’d love to hear from you!  Leave a comment and let us know which strategy, story or concept stood out to you! 


Quick Episode Summary:

  • 0:02 What to expect today!
  • 2:22 Meet Ryan Hawk
  • 4:55 Why Ryan started his podcast
  • 8:00 Why you should pursue curiosity
  • 8:55 Why you need Ryan’s new book
  • 12:33 Why you need to be exceptional
  • 18:29 The role of a manager
  • 22:47 Creating your own personal advisors
  • 26:12 Become a leader you want to follow
  • 27:49 How to connect with Ryan
  • 28:11 Wisdom of the week
  • 30:55 Mitch’s biggest takeaways


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