Linklaters pilots reverse mentoring for Partnership Board

As part of its Diversity & Inclusion programme, Linklaters is today launching a new initiative aimed at giving senior leaders an opportunity to build their awareness and understanding of different people’s perspectives and experiences. Reverse mentoring flips the traditional mentoring relationship model on its head, with junior mentors sharing their personal experience and insights with a more senior mentee.

The programme launches with the firm’s Partnership Board and, if successful, the pilot will be rolled out to across other areas of the firm.
Applications open today for the mentor role, with submissions welcomed from lawyers and business teams across the globe, particularly from under-represented groups, including those from minority ethnic groups, LGBT+ and lower socioeconomic backgrounds.
Fiona Hobbs, Global Diversity & Inclusion partner at Linklaters, says:
“We place great importance on developing a better and mutual understanding of differences in cultures, values, motivations and skills of our people and so we’re excited by this initiative. We know that if you want to learn something, you need to explore new ideas and new ways of working. Reverse mentoring is just one way we can do that. We hope that it will be a two-way street which will hopefully add invaluable perspective for both sides of the relationship, helping our senior leaders drive stronger impact and give tomorrow’s leaders the chance to shape how our firm looks.”
Applications for the mentor role are open until 9 February and the pilot will run until November 2018.