Key Connections Between The Cataloging And The Leadership Development Sections

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Discussion

The purpose of the discussion is to analyze and make clear the main connections between findings from the cataloging and the leadership development sections. Also, it makes clear, how the different themes, as subtracted from the secondary literature, are very closely intertwined.

Skills

With more than half of the soft skills categorized as skills not wanted, these were found to be less desired among the tenant leaders than technical, hard skills. Soft skills include outreach, assisting other tenants to organize and developing agendas. According to the secondary literature, skills like these are thought to be of particular importance for successful tenant leadership. Although a relatively small number of respondents indicated
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The very fact that the TNW in itself is a formal leadership program that emphasizes skills acquisition, communicates the importance of this for tenant organizations. Nearly 80% of the tenant leaders wish to receive formal training. The secondary literature is confirmed in the focus group in terms of the value of informal training, such as participating in a campaign.

Thus, we stress the importance of both developing structured, formalized training programs and providing the proper environment, where tenant leaders informally can acquire or utilize skills through learning-by-doing

A specific group of skills, those in the survey identified as skills wanted and present, make for particularly relevant skills to focus on for FTC. Here, a significant portion of respondents indicated the will to learn more at the same time as another significant portion of respondents claim to already possess the skill. These two facts indicates the basis of initiating some type of mentorship program – either formally, informally or both.

Community building

As noted by Van Dyke, Dixon (2013), building community among grassroots tenant leaders helps to sustain activism and makes it more likely for activists to gain skills informally through interacting with other members of the community. In regard to the level of engagement in their communities, the FTC tenant leaders know each other well, as apparent
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