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I think only you can answer how much you want to commit to the corporate management thing. You say it's your career goal, but it doesn't sound like you're very much into that side of the game.
For me, I'm at a point both mentally and financially where I will always chase the fun or interesting rather than the lucrative. I could/should be chasing bigger upper management or even board positions, but I think once I'm taken away from the actual work we do, once my boots are off the ground and sat in some corner office, I know it'll become work, as you say.
I suppose it depends how much freedom you'd have in the latter role, leading a project can sometimes be as good as working it. I'm not really supposed to wander around sites the way I do, but it's my job and nobody can or will stop me. If your environment is a bit more limiting then perhaps the honest work is the best route.
If you are honest with yourself and find that the true driving force is that you just think you "should" be climbing the ladder, because thats what your peers are doing, then it's time to take a step back and take stock.