FUNCTIONAL LEADER By N., Pam M.S. - May 11, 2013 the term used to describe the person in a group who performs the activities that are associated with being the leader. Increase cohesion, reduce interpersonal conflict, motivate action. FUNCTIONAL LEADER: "Joe was the functional leader for the next project." Related Psychology Terms MEDIATOR LAISSEZ-FAIRE LEADER DEMOCRATIC LEADER GROUP-CENTERED LEADER GROUP RISK TAKING EMERGENT LEADER STRUCTURED LEARNING GROUP LEADERSHIP EMERGENCE MINIMAL GROUP LEADER PROTOTYPE Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "FUNCTIONAL LEADER," in PsychologyDictionary.org, May 11, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/functional-leader/ (accessed February 25, 2021).