Climbing the organization ladder, as your career develops, is imminent.
How surely you climb is similar to climbing a fruit tree – you carefully choose your footing and gripping. Branches at the lower level are strong, on which you can lean your entire weight and yet the tree feels nothing but as you climb higher and the fruits come within arm's reach the branches get lighter and thinner, branches that you may use for momentary support but not put your weight on, lest they sway and make you lose your balance or sag and break under the pressure. You have to rely on your own judgment and skill.
People in any organization, at the lower rung, are a solid support; they see you as one of their own and have this tremendous collective strength that one can confidently depend on. Higher up, it gets competitive and you are more likely to have to look out for yourself, watch your footing more carefully and yet not lose sight of the fruit. A good tree climber will have one foot firmly planted at the lower level while lightly stepping onto a higher branch, outstretching one arm for the fruit with the other gently holding onto the branch that the fruit is on.
Managing everyday organisational dynamics as you climb the chain is not difficult if you can nurture trust and develop long term, solid relations with your team, people who you can fall back on; and on the other hand maintain a healthy and balanced association with your co-managers, while, importantly and all the time, keeping your eye on the fruits - the goals.