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The importance of conversation for leadership, mental health and helping communities, with Vikas Shah MBE DL

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The Inspiring Leadership Podcast delves into the minds of inspiring business leaders, to understand what makes a great leader and reflect on the issues and causes that are important to them. The series is hosted by Darryl Cooke, Founder and Executive Chairman of gunnercooke, the professional services firm that has changed the landscape for legal and consultancy services in the 21st century, and Sir Peter Fahy, former Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police. 

In this episode Darryl and Peter are joined by Vikas Shah MBE DL, entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist. Vikas is CEO of Swiscot Group and Non-Executive Board Member of the UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. He has taught at universities around the world and is a committed philanthropist as trustee and chair for multiple charities, as well as published author of Thought Economics, which includes conversations with Nobel prize winners and Olympians. 

In this very personal conversation, Vikas shares both his personal struggles with anxiety and depression and a message of hope. Together with Darryl and Peter, he discusses the ways that loneliness affects everyone in our society, even those whom you would least suspect. The conversation then moves to look holistically at the role of leaders today. Are leaders morally obligated to help those less fortunate? Vikas strongly believes that leaders only flourish on account of their community, and so have a civic duty to ‘give back’. He encourages speaking to as many people as you can, reading, asking questions and listening as much as possible to help you to understand an issue. 

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