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Great Leaders Live Like Drug Addicts

How to Lead Like Your Life Depends on It

Published by Forefront Books
Distributed by Simon & Schuster



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About The Book

What if you learned that to lead well, you’d need to live like a drug addict?

During treatment for drug addiction, Michael Brody-Waite learned three principles that became the difference between life and death:
  • Practice rigorous authenticity
  • Surrender the outcome
  • Do uncomfortable work

Leaving rehab, Michael entered the workplace where he was shocked to see most business leaders doing what he had been taught would kill him. He began to see striking similarities between drug addiction and what he calls “mask addiction.” Leaders everywhere were hiding their authentic selves in order to get what they wanted. They were doing things like:
  • Saying yes when they could say no
  • Hiding their weaknesses
  • Avoiding difficult conversations
  • Holding back their unique perspectives

Instead of chasing drugs, leaders were chasing professional, financial, and social success from behind a mask—to the detriment of themselves and the people around them. Thanks to his recovery, Michael’s three principles gave him an unlikely competitive advantage throughout his career, resulting in a level of success unexpected for a “drug addict.”

In Great Leaders Live Like Drug Addicts, Michael explains what drug addicts do to recover and provides a step-by-step program you can use to break free from your mask addiction to thrive in both work and life. He equips you with the tools you need to live and lead mask-free—tools to enable you to stop following others, lead yourself, and become one of the dynamic, growing, authentic leaders this world desperately needs.


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Product Details

  • Publisher: Forefront Books (May 26, 2020)
  • Length: 224 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781948677318

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