The Power of Leadership Transparency: A Candid Conversation with CEO Chuck Swoboda

CEOs are under more pressure now than ever. The pandemic experience has made leading even more challenging and stressful.

Even without a pandemic, leading at the top comes with high stress that can take a toll on even the most successful senior executives.

CEO Chuck Swoboda knows this well.

This episode features a candid conversation with Chuck as he shares insights about starting his new CEO role at a small company compared to his previous CEO role leading a large public company.

He also speaks openly about his own personal experience dealing with mental health issues, and offers advice for leaders who may be struggling with anxiety or other mental health challenges.

Chuck Swoboda is President and CEO of Vast Therapeutics, a preclinical biotechnology company. He is also Innovator-in-residence at Marquette University and the retired Chairman and CEO of Cree, Inc. Chuck spent 25 years at Cree where he helped lead the company from $6 million in revenue to over $1.6 billion as they started an LED lighting revolution.

He is author of The Innovator’s Spirit—Discover the Mindset to Pursue the Impossible.

This special episode airs in May which is Mental Health Awareness Month.

This episode covers:

  • Where to start when you are taking on a new executive role
  • How to be transparent — speaking openly with your team
  • The importance of acknowledging failure and learning from it
  • Why leaders don’t have to know everything and what to do instead
  • The idea of being innovative without having to talk about “innovation”
  • Advice for leaders who may struggle with mental health issues


The Innovator’s Spirit: Discover the Mindset to Pursue the Impossible

Vast Therapeutics

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