Mind blown

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

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3383914/
that

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.