TGM Classic | Michael Brody-Waite | Unapologetic Humanity: Leadership Lessons from Recovering Addicts

In today’s episode of The Greatness Machine, Darius chats with Michael Brody-Waite, acclaimed speaker, leadership coach, recovering addict, and the author of Great Leaders Live Like Drug Addicts. Michael shares some of his amazing stories, one of struggle, inspiration, and unapologetic humanity.

In this episode, Michael and I talked about:

  • Michael’s journey from addiction, through recovery and into a new life filled with gratitude, success, and continuous learning
  • How practicing rigorous authenticity and surrendering the outcome became essential components of his road to recovery
  • Why hiding our true selves in the professional world actually gets in the way of great leadership
  • The process that led Michael to his viral TedTalk – and how it almost never happened.
  • And other topics…

Meet Michael:

Michael is an acclaimed speaker, entrepreneur, award-winning three-time CEO, leadership coach, and author. His accomplishments include being named a Most Admired CEO, named to the Top 40 Under 40, and being recognized by the Nashville Chamber of Commerce as Healthcare Entrepreneur of the Year. Today, Michael is on a mission to teach individuals, organizations, and communities how to lead themselves by living mask-free. In his personal time, he is focused on being the best husband, father, and recovering addict he can be. For more information, please visit to learn how the Mask-Free Program can help you or your organization thrive.

Meet Darius: 

Darius is your host of The Greatness Machine LIVE. Darius is a mad scientist, high-growth CEO, serial entrepreneur, author, conscious capitalist, speaker, and entertainer. Darius is on a quest to create 1,000,000 Core Value Driven Organization by 2030. He is calling this “The Core Value Revolution.” Darius is an alumni of the Birthing of Giants Entrepreneurial Program at MIT and Stagen Integral Leadership Program. Darius’s accolades include being ranked #9 Top Rated CEO in America on Glassdoor, has won numerous Stevie Awards, and has founded and grown organizations that have been ranked #40 in the Inc. 500 and were ranked #3 Best Places to Work By the San Francisco Business Time. He is all about the P’s: Passion, Pizza, Puzzles, and, especially, Pink Unicorns. His book, The Core Value Equation, is an Amazon #1 Best Seller and is available at

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