Job titles are important. They're meant as a guide for your network and peers to understand your key competences, your speciality and to what extent you have authority / responsibility in what you are doing at work
Most often, it's the latter that matters most to people - how many C's, VP's etc. can you add to your title to impress and show you have the most power
But frankly, the last decade has seen quite an inflation in the titles and how they're used, partly because titles are given to keep people happy (the non-monetary 'Irish promotion') and partly because of political correctness (you cannot call a garbage man a garbage man anymore, he has to be a renovation associate or the likes :-)
Well, before ranting on and off on titles, let me get to the point. In every organization, most people are busy with titles and who has what responsibility - and who has what and especially who has more than you
That takes up quite a significant part of a working day
(I'll stop the sarcasm now)
To me, it's perfectly fine and understandable; we all have ambitions. However, there is one point that I would like to make in this regards which surprisingly few seems to grasp:
If you want the title, if you want the power, start by taking responsibility
It's too easy asking for the title without actually taking lead and responsibility for what needs to be done - I face the infamous finger-pointing every day: 'it was not me; it was because of them or this and that'
If you think you want to be a manager, you must understand it starts with you owning up to it
The buck stops with you. Period.
Own up to this and you'll get the respect that your title demands
I know, this is a strong cultural embedded thing that is not easy to change. And, ironically enough, i know it starts with the top management paving the way for this culture (and on another note, stops pointing fingers themselves)
First step is to realize this is the fact of most workspaces today. When you see this, you can begin to change it
Go get 'em. Yes. You :-)