Exploring the Struggles of DEIB Leaders: Are They the Modern Sisyphus?

Jan 19, 2024

By Joelle Martinez, President & CEO, Latino Leadership Institute
Fast Company Executive Board



Like Sisyphus rolling a boulder uphill only to see it tumble back down, DEIB leaders often grapple with frustration and fatigue in their tireless efforts to advance workplace diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB), writes Joelle Martinez, President & CEO of the Latino Leadership Institute.

According to Gallup’s engagement benchmark database, DEIB leaders report a low 42nd percentile for engagement. This lack of engagement is linked to insufficient resources, a feeling of being overlooked by executive leadership, and a deficiency in tracking progress through data.

Regrettably, and all too frequently, the very individuals DEIB efforts seek to support find themselves left out of critical discussions about the issues and potential solutions. These patterns have resulted in visions for change without substantial progress.

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