"...it can, at times, feel as though my accomplishments are regarded as having no intrinsic value, that my actions have merit only insofar as they are a vehicle for helping others accomplish their goals."
YES! That is right on, and despite DEMONSTRATING value -- reaching goals, developing new products, managing projects (involving a mostly-male systems team) -- it sometimes comes across as "Oh, she just wants to make it look good." Huh? What? Bringing the right people together, incorporating feedback, sharing best practices -- does that not provide value? I dunno. I like doing it, it's what I'm good at.