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Trait gratitude and subjective career success: the mediating roles of growth mindset and network breadth

Shilei Zhang (Renmin University of China, Beijing, China)
Teng Zhao (Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, USA)
Xinyi Liu (Renmin University of China, Beijing, China)
Chunhao Wei (School of Hospitality Management, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, USA)
Sijun Liu (Department of Management, Hotel, Resort and Hospitality Management, Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah, USA)

Career Development International

ISSN: 1362-0436

Article publication date: 6 June 2023

Issue publication date: 8 June 2023




Building on the broaden-and-build theory and incorporating a self-regulatory perspective, this study examines the relationship between trait gratitude and subjective career success and investigates the mediating roles of growth mindset of work and career network breadth.


Time-lagged data were collected in three waves from a sample of 314 employees in China. Hypotheses were tested using structural equation modeling.


The findings demonstrate that trait gratitude is positively related to SCS, mediated by growth mindset of work as an indicator of psychological resources and career network breadth as an indicator of social resources. Trait gratitude is more strongly associated with network breadth (i.e., social resources) than with growth mindset (i.e., psychological resources).

Practical implications

Organizations may find trait gratitude an applicable addition to the selection criteria during the recruitment process.


By identifying trait gratitude as an antecedent of SCS and revealing its underlying mechanisms, the current study points to a new perspective on the study of career success.



Zhang, S., Zhao, T., Liu, X., Wei, C. and Liu, S. (2023), "Trait gratitude and subjective career success: the mediating roles of growth mindset and network breadth", Career Development International, Vol. 28 No. 3, pp. 300-313.



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