I am curious to know if you have had discussion around this topic of increased responsibility and promotion with those to whom you report? As I have seen numerous times, it does take the guess work out of what those at the top want to see in you that would make them willing and interested in moving you into a greater and broader leadership role. This will definitely take the guess work out of figuring out the WHATs and the WHYs.
I have found that often, although someone like yourself thinks they are screaming out their desire to advance, in fact it's a rather silent scream. You're doing a very good job in what you do. Senior management would like to keep you there because it's being handled so well and they really don't know that you are seriously looking to advance. Telling them and asking what skills they would like to see from you is a great starting point. Once you know the skills desired/needed to fall within the radar, they would also be the resource to suggest ways that you can develop them ... within your current job or another position.
I would guess that those that are being advanced are considered the right choice because they have most likely proven their ability to motivate and manage others and if I read your situation correctly, this is something that your current position doesn't require you to do directly. Approaching senior management is also a way for you to educate them as to how you ARE impacting other managers as you work with them to help them succeed.
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