* Develop a network with others at similar, or even lower levels of their organizations as you are, with whom favors can be traded. This includes win-win thinking, not trying to exploit the situation, so you can work again with these people.
* Learn to use bureaucracies. Most people don't like having to deal with a bureaucracy. If you can handle it, it will give you an additional skill and also enable you to achieve things that others can't.
* Learn to deal with the public, developing a theatrical presentation style for instance. Public speaking is often a useful skill where you entertain the public at Rotary meetings and so forth.
* Work with power holders. Sometimes this involves a mentor, the well-known concept of having someone who takes you under their wing. Other times you can learn things from powerholders by observing how they act and you can also do favors for powerholders which will then make them willing to work with you.
* Develop a positive image. As in marketing a product, you need to have a simple, clear image that people understand and can pigeonhole in their minds. Think about it, and help create your own image.
* Think into the future. The long-term perspective can accomplish many things that those who go for the quick hit can't.
* Don't be sensitive to criticism from lower-status people. If you get upset and respond, it hurts you.
* Develop an image as a winner by picking small wins--projects that you're sure you can make successful. This will improve your capability to lead others and achieve bigger wins.