11/01/2023: 2023 LeaderShift Class

At R Bank, we believe in nurturing talent within our organization and equipping our employees with the knowledge and skillset to become impactful leaders of the future. R Bank initiated a transformative journey to empower its employees in leadership roles and those aspiring to become leaders within the organization. This initiative is more than just a training program; it is a testament to R Bank’s commitment to fostering a culture of excellence, collaboration, and continuous learning.

A few years ago, R Bank created a program that focused on its people, recognizing that the true strength of the organization lay in the hands of its leaders. LeaderShift was the answer to the need for a program that could mold and shape the future leaders of R Bank.

The course was meticulously crafted, with its content broken down into easily digestible modules and webinars, spread across an eight-week span. The goal was clear: to equip the bank’s managers and aspiring leaders with the tools and knowledge necessary to lead with confidence and integrity.

As the program entered its third year this year, it celebrated not just its continuity but also its ability to create a lasting impact. The course was more than just a training program; it was a rite of passage for those who aspired to lead and make a difference within the organization.

Each cohort of LeaderShift was unique, bringing together individuals from various departments, each with their unique perspectives and experiences. Yet, they all shared a common goal: to become better leaders. The program facilitated this by fostering an environment of collaboration and mutual support.

One of the program’s standout features was the “talking partner” initiative. Participants were paired with a peer within the organization, creating a safe space for them to share their vulnerabilities, discuss their aspirations, and provide each other with valuable feedback and support. This was more than just a mentor-mentee relationship; it was a partnership grounded in trust and mutual respect.

As the weeks progressed, the participants delved deep into the LeaderShift curriculum, uncovering the nuances of effective leadership and learning to navigate the complex landscape of managing teams. They engaged in thought-provoking discussions, participated in interactive webinars, and worked collaboratively.

As the eighth week ended, a sense of accomplishment filled the air. The R Bankers who had embarked on this transformative journey had reached the finish line. They had “graduated” from the LeaderShift workshop, armed with a new skill set and a renewed sense of purpose at R Bank.

They had learned the art of leadership, not just in theory but through practical, hands-on experience. They had forged meaningful connections with their peers, creating a network of support within our organization that would serve them well in their future endeavors.

As they stepped out of the classroom for the last time, the graduates of LeaderShift were not just better leaders; they were ready to take on the challenges of leadership with grace, resilience, and a deep-seated commitment to excellence.

R Bank had planted the seeds of leadership, and as the graduates of LeaderShift went back to their respective roles, they carried with them the knowledge, skills, and connections needed to lead R Bank into a future filled with promise and potential.

Congratulations to the Class of 2023!

Kailee Minnick, Taylor Morris, Kelcey Santillan, Rachel Richards, Jose Rodriguez, Jordan Scott, Amy Fajkus, Mikayla Lanouette, Jacob Wilson, Jenny Rogers, La’Starr Morgan, Lizette Barragan, Jenni Romane, Jazmin Serrano, Andrea Garza, and Kimberly Roberts

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