A significant number of working people dream of a successful career. And there really is nothing wrong with that. A soldier who does not dream of becoming a general is bad.
Do your job perfectly. To make a successful career without any "dirty games", you need to do your job honestly and efficiently. At first glance, this seems rather banal, but judge for yourself, who is more worthy to become a leader - a person who does the job correctly and on time, or a lazy person who is serving his number?
Participate in all possible activities that contribute to your career growth. This also applies to vocational training and events where various projects are discussed and proposed. At such events, you should be proactive, try to bring as much benefit as possible. The more successful your suggestions are, the more likely you are to be noticed by someone from the bosses.
Train your communication skills. Have you seen people who have successfully built a career, but do not know how to connect two words? It is quite difficult to meet such employees, therefore, draw a conclusion from this and learn to communicate. You must be able to communicate with both superiors and subordinates and with peers. Also, you should calmly communicate with people who are unpleasant to you for some reason. Successful communication with such colleagues is an indicator of your professionalism.
Don't be afraid to move horizontally across the structure. Sometimes you can get into a department in which moving up the career ladder is difficult for some reason. In this case, it is better to move in a horizontal plane than to stand idle in one place. Look for opportunities to move to another department where vertical growth is more realistic.
Be a visible worker. If you do your job well, this is not a guarantee of successful career growth. Meet your leadership and showcase your success directly. You shouldn't be intrusive and show that you are ready for anything for the sake of your career. Acquaintance and communication with superiors should be easy. Let the bosses see you for yourself, and then career success will accompany you.