In any career, there is a moment when you are no longer need to be pushed up from below, but rather pulled up from above. Know when that moment comes and adjust your strategy accordingly.
What I’ve seen in corporate life is that at the beginning of a career one’s managerial potential is judged largely on how your subordinates perceive you, whereas later in your career, such potential is judged based on how your superiors perceive you. There is some intangible “moment” (usually at the senior manager level) when this change occurs. If you are able to notice when this happens, you can begin to adjust your priorities and refocus on more fruitful strategies for getting ahead. While no one would suggest showing less concern for your subordinates, neither should you cater to their needs at the expense of your career ambitions.