Like many companies, my company has a culture of promoting those who are already doing the job they would be promoted to. As someone who is a lead analyst in a technical position looking to get promoted to a manager, what strategies can I take to start doing the job of a manager?
Besides managing people, a manager also must have a good sense of "big picture" business strategy, an ability to influence business strategies to executives, and have more of an entrepreneurial mindset (know how to navigate the company with new ideas and get them done).
I can start by "mentoring" my coworkers but without the "manager" title it would be out-of-line to start telling my coworkers what to do. I can communicate some of my business strategy ideas to my manager, but when it comes to meetings with executives I'm left out.
Without clear opportunities to do so, how can I demonstrate that I can do the job of a manager?