It's OK. Great people at all levels, but be careful. There are those that are simply not willing to help, develop, support, coach, understand or collaborate, whether it be for employees, customers or for the company's greater good. You can acquire a wealth of wisdom and experience, but when the time comes to display/leverage the skills you've collected, there is often no room for your ideas. Recognition is not given on merit, it's a popularity contest. If you have a leader that believes and fights for such things as: team engagement, positive reinforcement, human imperfections, employee recognition for major positive impacts to the business, having your back no matter the trenches you need to crawl through, guiding their team to the next level (advancement) and a simple human decency factor that allows for work/life balance, or recognizes when this important pillar is at risk; then you've got a chance to go far. Going above and beyond your regular scope is mandatory, but rarely celebrated or recognized. From an employer point of view, employees are simply a number and everyone is expendable.