Impact of Diversity on Mentoring and Coaching
Mentoring and coaching can be used in various way to consider individual differences. First, by pairing a dedicated mentoring professional with a mentee, the mentor is able to have a clear understanding of the person or group they are supposed to help. The mentor is able to identify cultural or generational differences essential when attending to the needs of the group sensitively. Second, involving mentor and mentees from different groups helps in improving the level of understanding essential for nurturing a relationship with a greater impact (Management Mentors, 2006). Creating a cross group improves understanding of individual differences and therefore has a greater impact on creating a transformational relationship.
Generational and cultural differences play a key role in my professional development plan. Before making my plan, it is important to identify these differences. This helps in determining which communication strategy will be effective in addressing each member. Understanding cultural and generational differences helps in making a plan that is sensitive and supportive to all individuals. In planning for professional development for other people, it is important to ensure that personal cultural or generational differences help in understanding other peoples’ differences but don’t lead be into being insensitive to others (MLDC, 2010). Most importantly is to understand the differences to choose the best strategy of communicating with other people effectively.
It is very important that the professional development plans are adjusted to meet individual differences needs. This is the only way to make everyone comfortable and to cater for all the different needs. Otherwise, one can be insensitive to some differences which can be counter-productive (Gould & Vaughn, 2000). It is thus important that if there is any area that needs to be adjusted, be adjusted or update to ensure that all the individual differences are met.
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Military Leadership Diversity Commission (MLDC) (2010). Mentoring Relationships and Demographic Diversity, No. 25, 1-4.