Meet the Team: Interview with Dr. LeNetta Banks Williams, RBLP-T

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Welcome to another meet and greet in our #MeetTheTeam series, which gives you insight into members of our outstanding faculty at RBLP. Today we’re speaking with Dr. LeNetta Banks Williams, RBLP-T!

Air Force Academy portrait of LeNetta Banks WilliamsHi LeNetta! Thanks for chatting with us. Tell us a little about who you are and where you’re from.
I am a former Air Force Captain from Rochester, NY.  After graduating high school, I went to the U.S. Air Force Academy and graduated with a B.S. in Behavioral Science-Psychology.  I spent my time in the Air Force working in every area of Personnel including Equal Opportunity Chief and Leadership Instructor.  I separated from the Air Force and pursued my dream to become an executive coach, motivational speaker, and professor.  I attended Capella University and completed an M.S. and PhD in Human Services.  In addition to coaching, I am passionate about teaching leadership and sociology.

Who is a role model that you’ve interacted with in your life that inspired you toward this career trajectory?
My father, a retired Air Force Sergeant, taught me the value of resilience, setting goals and pivoting careers.  My mother passed away when I was seven years old and he raised me by himself.  I learned from him that it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.  He entered the service at 17 with no diploma, completed night school, retired, went back to college, completed two degrees and changed professions – amazing resilience!

What drew you to the role that you’re fulfilling with RBLP as a certification instructor?
The ability to learn a new approach to coaching through resilience was so important to me.  I enjoy teaching and learning new ways to bring information to others.

In your mind, what is the best definition of “resilience” for those who might be unfamiliar with the program that RBLP offers?
Resilience to me is the ability to follow through with your goals or mission no matter what! Once you have that mindset you can see obstacles as opportunities.  Most of my achievements were in the face of tremendous difficulty or significant disadvantage. Resilience is not performing with the absence of difficulty, but rather the ability to bounce back or even low crawl to the finish.

What are the three most important components, in your opinion, that you try to convey to every team that you train under the RBLP certification program?
The three most important components of RBLP are earning trust, developing cohesion, and a creating a positive climate.  These are the roots of so many issues faced by [individuals in] many organizations that I coach.

What is one of your own best personal experiences in your career that has influenced or inspired you in your certification training?
The best personal experience of my career that inspired this training was actually after my military career ended.  I had a tough transition into a civilian career after life in the Air Force.  However, through coaching I found my resilience and rebuilt my life.  Setting goals, removing toxic relationships and helping others do the same led me to RBLP.

In your experience going through the RBLP-T certification, what is one of your best memories of the training that you’ve accomplished and why?
The best memory I have during RBLP training is that the instruction felt like “leadership therapy.”  I often referred to it as such when my trainer and I would work through tough leadership experiences of the past that I hadn’t really discussed.  I was so refreshed, and it inspired me to help others in the same way.

LeNetta Banks Williams at a speaking engagementPivoting a little bit from the program – tell us a little about yourself outside of work! What other activities or hobbies do you love?
Outside of work I am a wife and mother of five active children, ranging from ages 10 through 18.   I enjoy singing in the community gospel choir, and traveling with my husband.

Can you give us a quotation that you feel really inspires you to continue inspiring others?
“Nothing beats a failure, but a try!”

RBLP leadership certifications are about Building Resilient Teams™ that overcome adversity and then can adapt and grow together! 

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