- are you good in human relationship?
- do you prefer delegating work or do you yourself?
- do you like big projects or small projects?
- do you thrive by working alone or in group?
You can be in charge of almost anything in your professional career; you can be in charge of your own project as an individual contributor, you can be in charge of a team, of a division ...
It's too opened of a question for me to give you any better answer.
- Do you thrive in high-pressure environments which require constant decision making?
- Are you able to take in various streams of information, condense them into an overarching trend and make thoughtful decisions?
- Are you a good listener?
- Do you have a specific set of expertise which your team can rely on?
- Are you good with people & able to relate to them on a personal basis?
- Are you able to make a case for action, motivate & drive a team?
- Are you looking to make the final decision, or drive people's decisions?
These types of questions are important when considering any type of leadership role. Good leaders embody a lot of these qualities and generally have a set of expertise that their team relies on. All this takes time and it's important to embrace the process. It takes time to built relationships, gain a valuable skillset, show your decision making capability etc. Also, I would say being in-charge can mean a lot of things. Someone maybe in-charge based on their title, but in-reality the real power maybe held by a subject-matter expert who drives the decision in a certain direction.
With all that being said, as an engineer myself, I would suggest pursuing project management as a starting role. Project managers lead a team to execute a specific project. This is a great Segway into more managerial roles where the person maybe the final asset owner/stakeholder for a company.