How living like a drug addict will transform the way you lead yourself and others.

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  • You say “yes” when you could say “no” and you have no time
  • You avoid difficult conversations and it stresses you out
  • You hold back your unique perspective out of fear
  • You focus on things you can’t control over things you can
  • You hide your weaknesses

I’m Michael Brody-Waite and DUDE, I do these things too.

But the truth is, they get in the way of great leadership.

In my book, Great Leaders Live Like Drug Addicts, I share 3 principles that not only saved me from addiction but also set me apart as a leader:


Practice Rigorous Authenticity


Surrender The Outcome


Do Uncomfortable Work

If I didn’t master these 3 Principles, I would relapse and die by the age of 30.

I assumed practicing these 3 principles would hold me back in my career. But they didn’t. They accelerated it! These 3 Principles became my unlikely competitive advantage. The success I was able to achieve was not in spite of being a drug addict, but because of it.

In Great Leaders Live Like Drug Addicts, I teach you how to apply the same principles drug addicts use to recover. In this book, you will learn how to apply my step-by-step Mask-Free System so that you can break free from what’s holding you back and thrive in both work and life. By the end of this book, you will have the tools that make great leadership as easy as being the TRUE YOU.


Build stronger connections with others

Save 500 hours a year

Share your perspective without worrying what others think

Let go of things you can't control

Easily have tough conversations

Gain perspective on what matters


Greg McKeown

New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

Daniel H. Pink

#1 New York Times bestselling author of When, To Sell is Human, Drive, and A Whole New Mind

Lisa Gevelber

Vice President of Global Marketing, Google

John Ingram

Chairman, Ingram Industries, Philanthropist and owner of Major League Soccer Team Nashville SC

Michael Bungay Stanier

Author of the bestseller The Coaching Habit

Marshall Goldsmith

3x New York Times bestselling author of What Got You Here Won’t Get You There and Triggers (recognized by as two of the Top 100 Leadership & Success books ever written).

Admiral James A. "Sandy" Winnefeld Jr.

retired US Navy admiral, ninth Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Co-Founder of SAFEProject

Eliminating the nonessential masks that hold us back is key to becoming a great leader. This is brilliantly illustrated in this new book from Michael Brody-Waite.

Michael Brody-Waite authentically shares his wisdom in a captivating and practical way. Anyone who wants to become a better leader will benefit from reading this book.

By sharing his deeply personal experiences and his Mask-Free Program, Michael is inviting us all to live up to our unique potential. Thanks to Michael, my leadership team and I have seen first-hand the benefit of practicing rigorous authenticity, surrendering the outcome, and doing uncomfortable work. We’ll be forever grateful.

Michael Brody-Waite has suffered both the destruction of addiction as well as the redemption of recovery. His experiences and learnings have helped him become a successful entrepreneur, a much admired and trusted leader, and a humble, grateful human being.

Michael’s story is uncomfortable, provocative and ultimately inspiring. It will encourage you to put aside your own masks and armor and take the great risk in fully showing up as who you are in your life and your work.

An incredible read. Michael demonstrates how the principles drug addicts use to recover can give any leader a competitive advantage and reinvent leadership as we know it.

From my experience leading at the highest levels of our military to tragically losing a beautiful son to an accidental drug overdose, Michael elegantly describes what underpins success in two seemingly disparate disciplines: recovery from drug addiction and leadership.


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