Much of the foregoing has focused upon getting started on a security career. For those wishing to advance into supervisory and managerial roles. A few general guidelines are:
Master one’s current position. One must excel as a private in order to become a corporal. One must excel as a corporal in order to become a sergeant.
Find a mentor or mentors. Look for people who can “show you the ropes”.
Find a sponsor. This may be the same person as the mentor or it can be someone else who can aid in promoting your brand within the organization. Sometimes sponsors leave the work group or organization and bring people along with them.
Understand organizational principles such as chain of command, uplines, etc.
Develop and document your leadership abilities. This may include taking on added responsibilities, coaching new hires or filling in for a supervisor in their absence. It may also include leadership roles outside of the organization such as athletic coaching, holding office with a civic or professional organization, etc.
It certainly includes coursework in how to supervise. Sometimes college courses cover this and serious consideration should be given to taking those courses.