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Hello:

I am presently doing a class in Management - Influence and Power - Leadership

I am in the process of writing a 15 page document describing a current environmental situation describing specific issues for leaders in the 21st century. I have chosen Delta Airlines and the ongoing issues with Pilots as my topic. In this paper I have to:
1. describe the situation
2. identify the specific issues
3. select the leadership style or challenges associated with the situation
4. present a "general model" or strategy for leading through these challenges.

I need your help in formulating a thesis and general ideas to write this challenging paper. Your assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thanks a million for your response

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1. describe the situation
2. identify the specific issues
3. select the leadership style or challenges associated with the situation
4. present a "general model" or strategy for leading through these challenges.
THE SITUATION

Kindly think in the following terms :Delta was asking its pilots to accept an 18 percent pay cut, or about $305 million. That's on top of the 32.5 percent pay cut and $1 billion in reduced benefits the pilots agreed to in 2004. Please think of the following: Several analysts, say Delta should award its pilots equity in the airline once it emerges from bankruptcy protection. That's what United offered to persuade its pilots to agree to pay cuts. So far, Delta doesn't seem to be biting.
You should think of the following: The leader of Delta's pilots union ordered its members to clean out their lockers at airports nationwide in preparation for the strike, and yesterday, the union said it had set aside $10 million to fund a strike. Delta wants to void its existing pilot contract and replace it with a less expensive one. Delta maintains that a strike would be illegal and would within days force the carrier to shut down. The union says it has the right to strike because it would be without a contract. And because there is no precedent for a labor standoff during an airline bankruptcy, it's unclear how this will be resolved. "Delta's pilots will strike if their contract is rejected," said Lee Moak, head of Delta's pilots union.
Please consider the following:The two sides were facing a deadline, which could have allowed Delta to dump its union contracts and triggered a union strike. It was said a strike would have meant the airline would cease to exist within 48 hours. Delta, currently under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, flies more than 300,000 passenger a day on about 1,700 daily flights.
Some travelers say they've heard the threats before and are hoping the Delta dispute follows the rest of the industry.
SPECIFIC ISSUES
The dispute between the pilots and executives is very wide. The gap between Delta's pilots and the airline's executives seems a little deeper and the implications of the dispute more far-reaching than those other recent airline labor battles. Is the deal just a superficial settlement.
The travelers would be badly affected and would suffer: Passengers along the East Coast and Southeast, where Delta is dominant, would be most affected. You need to understand this:Locally, the airline has a large presence because of its New York shuttle out of Reagan National Airport and its commuter flights operated by Comair and Atlantic Southeast Airlines. In fact, the airline has the third-most flights at National and Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and the fifth-most flights at Dulles International Airport.
There are some contingency plans if a strike happens: But if a strike happens, federal law requires competing airlines to fly Delta ...

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