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Revista Psicologia Organizações e Trabalho

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SILVA, Ana Cecília Gomes da  and  MOURAO, Luciana. Mapping of main competencies required for union leadership activities. Rev. Psicol., Organ. Trab. [online]. 2018, vol.18, n.3, pp. 412-421. ISSN 1984-6657.

Knowing the competencies required of professionals has become an increasingly relevant topic. This study aimed to discuss the role of union leaders based on the mapping of essential competencies for these professionals. The method included document analysis, in addition to12 in depth interviews with union leaders and union-affiliated workers and business people. To increase robustness, categorical content analysis was done by three independent experts. Two criteria were adopted for the inclusion of competencies: consistency (agreement of at least two thirds of the judges); and relevance (citation by at least three interviewees). The results point to 26 competencies considered essential for union leaders, with emphasis on: interaction with the category represented, understanding of union business, and attitude towards continuous improvement. It is worth noting the discourses' lack of alignment with recent reflections on trade unionism, which may compromise more effective action by unions in labor relations.

Keywords : Competence; Trade unions; Labor relations.

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