What makes a successful reverse mentoring scheme?

Written by Ian Wylie Wednesday 09 March 2022
Reverse mentoring is helping businesses gain fresh perspective and progress their ED&I objectives. Some mentors and mentees reveal what they consider the essential ingredients to success
A reverse card from the game Uno

Mentoring is a widely recognised means of grooming future managers and leaders in organisations. But senior leaders are also seeing the benefit of so-called ‘reverse mentoring’ – seeking the perspective of less-experienced employees to give leaders a fresh perspective on rising trends such as technology or the future of work.

Reverse mentoring is also proving valuable in helping organisations progress their diversity and inclusion objectives. By having employees from underrepresented groups mentor more senior managers and decision-makers, reverse mentoring amplifies diverse voices throughout the organisation to help drive change through empathy, understanding and action. 

So what are the ingredients of a successful reverse mentoring scheme?

Keep reading to discover the ingredients of a successful reverse mentoring scheme


If you are already registered as a CMI Friend, Subscriber or Member, just login to view this article.

Confirm your registration

Login below to confirm your details and access this article.


Please confirm that you want to switch off the "Sign in with email" remember me feature.

Register for Free Access

Not yet a Member, Subscriber or Friend? Register as a CMI Friend for free, and get access to this and many other exclusive resources, as well as weekly updates straight to your inbox.

You have successfully registered

As a CMI Friend, you now have access to whole range of CMI Friendship benefits.

Please login to the left to confirm your registration and access the article.