If you've been low on the career ladder long enough, have faith. You know what it takes to get the job done. Your rapport with your co-workers is indisputable. So, what's holding you back?
Consider the following... You are an excellent leader, consider all the points of view, and can run a meeting like clockwork. If work were a sports team, you'd be MVP!
Perhaps you're managerial material? Know that being the boss means you'll make some people unhappy. You'll have to settle disputes and defuse conflicts, make decisions on the fly and accept the praise or blame for the results. Are you ready? Sure you are!