So much good advice already I'll just stick to making the next steps:
Once you have established your reputation as an intelligent, hardworking, team player you want to make yourself indispensable.
This is never measured in the number of people you pass over but the number of people who say your input / contribution is impossible to place a value on.
Identify a problem that someone is having and be seen helping to solve it. Manage up and manage down. Help those above look good and help those below you be the best employee they can be.
Don't work based on your title, work based on your abilities.
Titles and pay increases will come later.
Always be working as if you're already in the next level of leadership.
As a leader hold yourself and your team accountable. Be fair and firm at the same time. Your team can take you down or propel you to stardom.
That last one is the one people in corporate settings forget once they make it to the big office. They focus only on the executive level and forget about the troops.
Last but not least be willing to accept the fact that white boys in corporate America get a free ride for a long time. DO NOT MEASURE YOURSELF AGAINST THEM
. The expectations for them are so much lower than you actually think.
Keep a positive attitude and good luck in your journey.
BTW - Corporate America ain't sh*t
Edited by kfoxx1998 - Oct 03 2013 at 9:01am