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Individual character is best understood as a complex human phenomenon that is more than the sum of its parts. When we talk about someone’s individual character, we are referring to the distinct attributes or qualities they embody as a unique person. Specifically, this involves positive personal strengths that manifest through their actions as virtues.

Importantly, virtues are actions and not just ideals. They are the physical expression of a person’s character and can be intellectual, moral, civic or performance related. The nature and expression of individual character is fundamentally important because it enables an individual to embody virtue and live out principles articulated through organisational values.