From Success to Significance: Transforming Your Job into a Calling

  • Emem Laguda
  • Kemi Ogunyemi
  • Eugene Ohu
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This chapter gives an overview of the research on calling with regard to its definitions and conceptualizations based on its different sources. We describe the scales that have been utilized to measure the source of a calling, perceived presence of a calling, the act of living a calling, and the act of developing a calling. We highlight processes through which a sense of calling relates to its predictors as well as to career-related, work, and wellbeing outcomes. We describe the potential dark sides of calling with regard to its negative outcomes for individuals. Lastly, we propose future directions for researchers and practitioners on possible ways employees may move from success to significance by transforming their jobs to callings.


Success Significance Job Work Career Wellbeing Calling Meaningful work 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Organizational Behaviour/Human Resource ManagementLagos Business SchoolLagosNigeria
  2. 2.Business Ethics, Managerial Anthropology, and Sustainability ManagementLagos Business School, Pan-Atlantic UniversityLagosNigeria

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