I've started a new job last month and it's a new market so basically the entire team is "new". My colleague who is in the same role as me started 2 weeks before me but he has taken it upon himself to act as more or less a "team leader". We have a manager who is also new but there is another management position that will eventually be open (but not until we've been there for 6 months at least) and I feel like he's very outwardly posturing for it.
To me it reads like he's overstepping boundaries- he's sending out coffee gift cards to people and planning "office hours" for anyone who is "struggling". He's giving a lot of unsolicited advice to other newbies. This reads as things an actual manager should be doing. I feel like it's too early to be so blatant in gunning for a position and it just reads as brown nosing. In my opinion, this early on we should be focusing on the job we were hired to do and let the numbers speak for themselves. I know that politics will play a part but this just feels slimy to me. Any advice on how to handle?