I am a software quality engineer/SQE in a company which has the reputation of being big and bloated, according to insiders and also in Glassdoor reviews. We have a team of 7 SQE, lead by one QA team leader. I am not sure what he really does for our team other than creating Jira tickets & assigning them to us. The content of the Jira tickets is created by Product Managers and have very little information. The lead never asks us about how we are testing a particular story, even if it is a brand new feature or work. He never offers us any advice or strategy on how we should test a particular story. On the contrary, he often seems to be clueless about basic testing. We have to update him about our work/progress, but he never has to update us about what he did, which seems a bit odd to me.
I want to understand what he really does for our team, before jumping to the conclusion that he is not really adding much value to our team. How can I go about doing this ?