Reverse mentoring turns traditional mentoring on its head. The reverse mentor is a more junior colleague who would mentor a more senior colleague. For example, a Black, Asian, or Minority Ethnic (BAME) disabled or LGBTQ+ colleague at a lower grade would mentor a colleague who is an Executive Director from a different ethnic group, who doesn’t have a disability or may not be LGBTQ+. They would accompany that Director to meetings, observe behaviours, and provide constructive feedback regarding issues and points that are observed from that junior member of staff’s personal experiences and perspectives.
These may be born out of their lived experiences as a BAME, disabled or LGBTQ+ employee. They will provide an insight into the difficulties and barriers they may have faced, with opportunities to explore how the more senior colleague could learn from and adapt their future leadership approach to ensure they are more inclusive and appreciative of the diversity of their workforce.