Ryan Leak


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About Ryan Leak - Keynote Speaker on Creating Inspiring Workplace Cultures & Leadership

What has fear ultimately cost you, your team, your organization? In times of challenge and great uncertainty it’s easy to feel paralyzed by fear, but what if you could stand in the face of fear and know that these are the exact moments in life where you can rise to be your best self. Ask yourself, “What would I do, if I knew I could not fail?” What decisions would you make at work and in your life if you could side-step your fears? These are the questions that leadership expert Ryan Leak is addressing with leaders in Fortune 500s, all-stars in the NBA and over 50,000 people that he reaches monthly through his keynotes. 

In his presentation, based on his new book, Chasing Failure: How Falling Short Sets You Up for Success,  Ryan shares the blueprint for chasing failure, rather than running from it. He gives leaders and their people the tools they need to see their biggest obstacles as their greatest opportunities. 

Ryan Leak is a sought-after speaker, workshop facilitator, and author with deep domain expertise in empowering leaders to reclaim responsibility for leadership and followership in the workplace by designing and delivering a new version of self-leadership that starts with self-awareness. 

Rooted in the idea of Chasing Failure, and not being afraid of stretching further, Ryan has been hired by Fortune 500 companies and professional sports franchises to work internally with specialized teams, add value for leaders and their customers, and create new initiatives for the business to better connect with the broader world. Ryan trains 15,000+ entrepreneurial leaders and speaks to over 200,000 people each year as a curator of relevant content and transformational storytelling.

In his new book, Chasing Failure: How Falling Short Sets You Up for Success, Ryan blends personal stories, motivating anecdotes, relevant psychology, and practical step-by-step guidance, to show how chasing failure just may be the quickest way to success.

Seen as a commercially aware coach and connector who can seamlessly operate across the spectrum of a business, Ryan helps leaders better understand where their teams are capable of going by addressing the friction of where teams stand today. Using humorous wisdom and poignant narrative, he inspires audiences to recognize the value in chasing failure to become even more than they are – to become the best version of themselves.

Ryan uses his unique principle-based perspective as a keynote speaker to create significant value to organizations of all shapes and sizes that recognize the tremendous impact in responding to changes in employee mindset and expectations. Ryan’s virtual keynotes and workshops and on-stage presentations have gone from an employee engagement perk to a massive competitive advantage for an organization. 

Cultivating innovation by bringing in an outside entrepreneurial perspective, Ryan has taken notable residency positions teaching and speaking with popular churches such as Eagle Brook Church and Covenant Church, among others.  Ryan is the CEO of the Ryan Leak Group, a leadership development firm.  He lives in Dallas, Texas, with his wife Amanda and two sons, Jaxson and Roman.

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What Ryan Leak talks about: CHASING FAILURE: What Our Goals Require Most is the Bravery to Fail Answer this question: What would you do if you knew you could not fail? Many have heard the idea of failing forward fast, meaning that you shouldn’t sit too long, licking your wounds and contemplating your failure. But the problem with this idea is that it is still rooted in some negative bias about the experience.  On the other hand, Chasing Failure is all about having a vision for a dream, a goal, a mission, and knowing that the road will be paved with failure, but still proceeding with conviction and passion. This is what sets those who succeed beyond measure, from those who simply exist.  Most people would much rather acquiesce to the status quo because it’s a whole lot safer than taking a chance on something that could fail. The fear of failure will keep you inside the box, stall innovation, and make sure you hesitate anytime you even think about taking a risk that could help you achieve goals beyond your wildest dreams.  As leadership expert Ryan Leak shares, you don’t actually have to get over the fear. Just do it scared and take really good notes.  When you’re Chasing Failure, you’re either going to win or you’re going to learn. Hopefully, both will happen. But you have to start moving right now, and Ryan shares the blueprint for success by giving you an approach to see what the predictable failures might be so you can circumvent those more easily, or deal with them more effectively when they arise. Either way, Ryan is here to help you fail toward your greatest success.  KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • How chasing failure will take you further than chasing success. 
  • A roadmap to the discipline needed to succeed through failure.
  • Understanding how to become today who you intend to be tomorrow.

  SELF-LEADERSHIP: 7 Tools to Help You Lead Yourself Better & Inspire Others Have you ever wondered what’s it like for people to be led by you?  When someone is hired to be a leader in an organization, what often doesn’t come with the gig is a leader… for the leader. One of the biggest hurdles leaders face is not actually leading people but leading themselves. Most leaders are often given titles with very little vision. They’re often given expectations with very little direction. The old saying rings true. It’s lonely at the top. Leaders desperately need a go-to strategy and system they can rely on when they feel like they’ve got no one in their corner to guide them.  Through his consulting work, Ryan Leak has been guiding 15,000+ C-Suite leaders every year through 7 key steps toward better self-leadership that leads to better people and organizational leadership. KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • What’s it like to follow me? (The Self-awareness Question) 
  • What credit can I give away? (The Team Player Question)
  • What mistakes can I own? (The Humility Question) 
  • How can I get better? (The Self-improvement Question) 
  • Why am I doing it? (The Purpose Question)
  • Who am I equipping for the future? (The Legacy/Succession Question) 
  • Who knows who I really am? (The Transparency Question)

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"Ryan's willingness to serve our organization and customize his message made it extremely easy to work with Ryan and his message was an absolute HOMERUN - the chat function was blowing up with positive messages and my inbox was being lit up with messages of gratitude for Ryan. I was particularly impressed with how his message resonated with every demographic of our audience. I highly recommend Ryan to serve the needs of your organization.”

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