Mind blown

So, I’m reading this article on Dominance Behavioral Syatem and it tells me


status describes the ability to gain the respect and social attention of other individuals

How to continue with a discussion that equates outcome with function? Status is not an ability. Status is the outcome of an ability to impress others with one’s talents/functions. So, the question is whether function or power are misunderstood by the authors.
Got to page 30 and then bailed.