This is another advanced skill and can be useful if things feel awkward between you and your mentee or where there is a noticeable difference in age, gender, race, culture, religion, ability or status.
"I am aware that there may be different issues for men and women in this respect."
"I’m wondering if my being a Principal is getting in the way of us discussing this issue?"
"I am really aware of the cultural difference between us and I’m wondering what effect that might be having?"
"I’d just like to check out if our age difference is getting in the way of our working effectively together?"