This chapter looks at the twin concepts of values and virtues; and uses the lens of corruption to show how and when they intersect. It outlines some classic ideas on values-based leadership and then moves on to a discussion on how virtue has been cast and recast in public use. It will argue that although the idea of virtue may seem somewhat old-fashioned, perhaps even quaint, it is a very common form of public discourse around corruption. The chapter will then offer two recent empirical case studies on values-driven leadership from the New Zealand Police and the New Zealand public service. The chapter concludes with a discussion on the dark side of the value-virtue nexus in political debate, touching on the impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.
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