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IdeaBank: True Leadership Is Built on Mutual Trust

Edward Lubembe grew up in Kenya dreaming of being a bank teller. He found a career in banking in America that exceeded his expectations.

SEPT. 23, 2015 – Edward Lubembe grew up in Kenya, where through a hard lesson at age 10 he learned about trust.

Now a Regions Bank branch manager in Bessemer, Alabama, Lubembe believes he has succeeded, in part, because the leaders he has worked for saw his potential and placed their trust in him – and he trusted that they wanted what was best for him in his career.

“Those who have been charged with supervising me, and my peers, of making sure that we do what we are supposed to do on a daily basis, they go beyond that and they uncover any hidden potential that we might have – and perhaps we never knew we had,” Lubembe said.

It’s a lesson he takes to heart as he now leads a team of Regions bankers, building trust with them and ensuring that they know that he cares about each of them as a person.

Welcome to IdeaBank by Regions. IdeaBank is about sharing ideas about better ways to live and work according to our values, and ways to make life better for each other, our customers and the communities we serve.

Recently, Regions held its inaugural IdeaBank at the Alys Stephens Center on the UAB campus in Birmingham. Ten speakers from Regions and the Birmingham community shared their stories – their ideas – with an audience of Regions bankers and community partners.

Take just a few minutes to listen to Lubembe’s story, which takes you from his early life in Kenya to a career in the U.S.



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