People in the business field usually advance with promotions and elections. They have to be good workers and also have good attitude. It is also good for them to have qualities board members or their bosses look for.
Always remember to under promise and over deliver. Continue to learn something new everyday. If you follow these basic principles, you will be given more responsibility and with that, promotion and advancement.
I'll always remember what my first boss as a manager at AT&T told me. He said my goal each and every day was to take care of my boss and make him look good. If you take care of him, he will take care of you.