I work in a science-based field, where projects are assigned to each of us to work on individually. Along the way we have a couple of support functions who contribute one piece to the project we are working on . Their job is essentially to provide their piece, and then move on to the next thing, while we carry the project through to completion.
Lately I have had issues with one of those support functions. The lead is a woman who is very Type A, came from a different career background, and thus has always felt the need to prove herself. For a while, this made her good at what she does, but now multiple members of my team are finding her slowly taking over entire projects. Management seems to favor her and will give her whatever resources and credit she wants, despite any concerns brought up by my team members. There is a lot of confusion about responsibilities and project ownership. I recently went to my manager because I felt like she had completely taken over my project, and my manager's advice was to simply excuse myself from the project entirely. I know that this is partially to expose that this person doesn't truly know what they're doing, but it also kind of makes me feel like I'm being edged out.
As I've said, this person is highly favored by senior management and shows no signs of changing any time soon. How do I adjust my own mindset to deal with it?