Table 3: Nurse managers’ perceptions of the importance of different leadership styles.

Background dataVery
important
(%)
Important
(%)
Rather
important
(%)
Rather little
important
(%)
Not at all
important
(%)

Visionary leadership style

Age
  32–4572.725.51.80.00.0
  46–5063.834.81.40.00.0
  51–5555.644.40.00.00.0
  56–6569.830.20.00.00.0

Coaching leadership style

Age
  32–4548.251.80.00.00.0
  46–5060.336.82.90.00.0
  51–5541.157.11.80.00.0
  56–6569.730.30.00.00.0

Affiliate leadership style

Age
  32–4539.360.70.00.00.0
  46–5044.952.22.90.00.0
  51–5535.762.51.80.00.0
  56–6550.847.71.50.00.0

Democratic leadership style

Age
  32–4560.040.00.00.00.0
  46–5055.243.31.50.00.0
  51–5541.858.20.00.00.0
  56–6549.250.80.00.00.0

Commanding leadership style

Age
  32–450.030.460.78.90.0
  46–501.57.672.718.20.0
  51–550.017.957.125.00.0
  56–650.022.268.39.50.0

Isolating leadership style

Age
  32–450.00.049.051.00.0
  46–500.03.038.858.20.0
  51–550.01.938.959.30.0
 56–650.05.246.646.61.7