To step UP or not to?
BLUF: Should I try to self-promote myself to a non existent role in order to (I hope) help the company?
Large picture: I work for a private company manufacturing IP technology devices. There are three layers of management - the owner, department heads and team leaders. The owner is a superb engineer with excellent accounting skills. I currently head the SW development department. The other department heads have varying (usually low) interest in management and are more technically inclined. I have joined the company 14 months ago and have made large improvements in the SW development department, setting up metrics, and delivering projects ahead of time with better quality than before.
Problem: I think the company may be more successful if better communication, accountability and management were introduced. I feel that my managerial skills are underused in my current position. I am overdelegating and am more of a coach to the team leaders in my department than having to make detail decisions. My thinking is along the following lines:
Option 1: My position is secure, I have made improvements to my organization, will continue doing so, and should limit my endeavors to my department.
Option 2: Leave (possibly staying for another year to improve the longevity factor on my resume.
Option 3: Talk to the owner and try to cooperate with him on creating the role of a general manager, leaving to him the HW development he is in love with and is extremely good at, while I try to manage the operational, sales and other departments) .
Option 4: Option 3 with me simply starting taking the responsibilities instead of pre-wiring it with the owner.
Option 5: unknown to me, I am open to suggestions
I would be most grateful for any and all suggestions and ideas. English is not my first language and while I tried to be clear and concise, please do ask for clarification if needed.