If your goal is to be a manager, you have to think like a manager. As an employee seek to identify the goals of your managers. How are they measured for success? Are they focused upon project or task completion, creative ideas, new business generation or existing business retention and growth, profit or revenue driven? Do they have diversity goals?
Once you identify what goals, objectives or measurement systems they work under you then seek to identify how best you can support their objectives as well as be excellent in your own work.
Knowing what your management is tasked to accomplish and how they are measured, will help you to understand why they manage the way that they do. Also, listen beyond the express objectives that management gives to you. Listen as to how he/she answers questions, how he/she states the objectives of the team and you will learn how he or she thinks. Do they follow problem solving methodology? Are they process driven (a series of recognizable steps)? If so, what is the mental process they follow in making decisions.
Finally, you will begin to think like a manager. If so, it will be recognized and you will become one.