Mentoring across gender and across cultural differences can have hidden challenges. It is natural to want to mentor people in our own image, but it is important to realize that when you are mentoring someone of a different Race, Ethnicity or Gender that you need to take account of that difference.
- Have an open discussion about cultural differences as part of the mentoring process.
- Be willing to learn about your mentee’s world and really hear their perspective
- Understand the culturally different values that your mentee brings to the table.