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An inclusive experience: Growth

Applying your energy to what matters most

In this third of a three-part series, Deloitte’s Tamika Tremaglio talks to Joyce Roché, author and executive. Ms. Roché has received widespread acclaim for her achievements in the business world: In 2015 she was featured in Business Week's "How Did I Get Here" profile and in 1998, Business Week selected her as one of the "Top Managers to Watch."

From self-doubt to self-validation

TAMIKA: You’ve had such a storied career and so many firsts. What is it that motivated you to continuously stretch and grow? Is there a key factor that helps people, especially women and minorities, to help them persist through professional challenges?

JOYCE: You have to learn how to turn the voice of self-doubt off. What I learned over time was that I do deserve a place at the table, that I could own my career, and grow with purpose. Of course, there are times when you don’t feel that way. That self-doubt comes back with each new opportunity and each new promotion. So you have to learn to validate yourself. Think about the things you’re bringing to the party: your talents, accomplishments, skill sets.

TAMIKA: Sometimes it can be a struggle to identify and value what each of us bring to an organization. Why do you think that is?

JOYCE: We often compare ourselves to others. Everybody looks like they’re perfect, while we know all our own flaws. It’s a matter of being realistic: Here’s what I’ve done, and there are also maybe things I need to work on. Ways I need to grow.

TAMIKA: For those that want to grow, but feel like they are hitting roadblocks, how can they overcome those challenges and continue to thrive?

JOYCE: Instead of being anxious about what you feel you lack, do something about it. Take a course. Lead from a place of strength. Each of us bring unique strengths. Learn to leverage them. And recognize that maybe other people have a different background, but you’ve got some life experiences they don’t have.

TAMIKA: At Deloitte, we encourage a culture where people can bring their authentic selves to work. How can organizations encourage their people to leverage their unique strengths and continue to grow?

JOYCE: When we hold ourselves back, when we park part of ourselves at the door, our companies can lose. An organization that recognizes that people are different, experiences are different, how you react and engage may be different—that’s an organization that can bring richness and depth to its work. You should be fully “you” to give the best of yourself to whatever you’re engaged in. It’s beautiful when people feel like, “I can fully contribute. I can be appreciated for who I am.”

Joyce Roché, CEO, Girls Inc.
"An organization that recognizes that people are different, experiences are different, how you react and engage may be different—that’s an organization that can bring richness and depth to its work."

– Joyce Roché, former President and CEO, Girls Inc.

Editor’s note: This article is part of a three-part series of interviews with notable leaders advancing inclusive personal behaviors and a culture of inclusion.

Read the other interviews in the series:

An inclusive experience: Connection
Q&A Sallie Krawcheck, CEO and co-founder of a digital investment platform for women

An inclusive experience: Belonging
Q&A with Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code

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