As the workplace has become more diverse, mentoring has become more challenging. Mentors and mentees may come from very different backgrounds and have limited understanding of each other's cultures and outlooks. But mentoring remains the most powerful tool for creating meaningful relationships, furthering professional development, and increasing engagement and retention. Younger workers and emerging leaders in particular are demanding it.
Lisa Z. Fain and Lois J. Zachary offer a timely, evidence-based, practical guide for helping mentors develop the level of cultural competency needed to bridge differences. Firmly rooted in Zachary's well-known four-part mentoring model, the book uses three fictional scenarios featuring three pairs of diverse mentors and mentees to illustrate how key concepts can play out in real life. It offers an array of accessible tools and strategies designed to help you increase your self-awareness and prepare you to embrace and leverage differences in your mentoring relationships. But beyond tips and techniques, Fain and Zachary emphasize that authenticity is the keythe ultimate purpose of this book is to help the mentor and mentee make a genuine connection and learn from each other. That's when the magic really happens.
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About the Author
Lois Zachary is the founder of Leadership Development Services and its Center for Mentoring Excellence. Her book The Mentor's Guide is a primary resource for organizations that promote mentoring for leadership and learning. She is also the author of The Mentee's Guide, Creating a Mentoring Culture, and Starting Strong.
Table of Contents
List of Figures and Tables xi
Introduction: Why Bridging Differences Matters 1
Part I Lean Forward into Differences: Meet Mia and Christopher 3
1 Building the Framework for Mentoring across Differences 5
2 Seeing the Differences between Us 15
3 Culture and Identity in Mentoring 26
4 Bias and Privilege in Mentoring 40
Part II Learn from Differences: Meet Aesha and Heather 51
5 Preparing the Relationship 53
6 Getting to Know Each Other 72
Part III Leverage Differences: Meet Martin and Darren 93
7 Establishing Agreements 95
8 Enabling Growth 117
9 Enabling Growth through Feedback 142
10 Coming to Closure 166
A Closure Conversation with Our Readers 183
About the Authors 205