MENTORING: CRACKING THE CULTURAL CODE

How can we support mentoring relationships involving different national cultures? Lis Merrick reports   With the rise in global mentoring programmes comes issues associated with the norms, beliefs and behaviours of different national cultures and how these can impact mentors and mentees working cross-culturally. In same national culture relationships, there tends to be an expectation of similarity in values and world view. In mentor and mentee matches where cultures are different, there can be fears, biases and stereotypes about other races and ethnicities. The mentor needs to find a way to empathise with and understand their mentee’s personal life situation. […]

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