Each one of the Leo traits is a story in itself. There is nothing ordinary about you if you are this sign; both your good qualities and flaws have built you into a unique human being.

People just think they know you but instead, only the rare get the privilege to truly enter your life, heart, and mind.

So, why exactly are the Leo traits so special? What makes you different from others?

General Info:

Type: Fire sign

Famous Leos: Jennifer Lopez, Barack Obama, Madonna, J.K. Rowling

Leo season: July 23rd – August 22nd

Ruling planet: Sun

Position: Fifth sign of the zodiac

Leo Compatibility:

Compatible with: Aries, Gemini, Libra, Sagittarius, Aquarius, Virgo, Cancer

Not compatible with: Taurus, Scorpio, Capricorn, Pisces

15 Positive Leo Traits

Natural born leader

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Whether you’re a Leo man or a Leo woman, one thing is for sure; you’re an alpha. It’s not only you who feels that way about yourself but others see you in this light as well.

No matter the situation or the circumstances, people have been looking up to you since forever.

It was like that back in your childhood, throughout your school years, and this practice has continued throughout the years of your adulthood.

For as long as you can remember, your friends, family and romantic partners have been following your lead.

Being the sign of Leo, you’re simply a natural-born leader. You’re someone whose words people believe in and someone they know they can trust.

You function great in a team environment, as long as you’re the head of the entire structure. However, it seems that others don’t mind taking your orders.

You simply know how to get the job done. You have incredible management skills and you’ve proven to be capable of leading others numerous times so far.

Caring

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One of your most amazing qualities is certainly your kind heart.

Even though this probably wouldn’t be the first thing a lot of people would think of you when they meet you, the truth is that you’re incredibly caring.

When you love someone, you move mountains for their sake.

It’s crucial that your closest ones are always well taken care of and you can’t be happy unless you know everything is in perfect order in their lives.

You take care of other people’s well-being, even without them having to ask you to do so. You listen to them, give them advice and offer a helping hand whenever they need it.

When it comes to the people you consider worthy of your love, there is absolutely nothing you wouldn’t do for them.

You’re the first person people call whenever they have an emergency or just when they need a shoulder to cry on.

However, even better is that you’re not like this only toward the ones close to you. In fact, you’re ready to help out a stranger or anyone else in need, without expecting anything in return.

Adventurous

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Leos love adventure so your life is one hell of a roller coaster. It’s not that you actively seek excitement; your vibe simply draws it to you.

Belonging to this horoscope sign, you’re always up for trying new things.

It doesn’t matter whether we’re talking about extreme sports, going on a road trip without any plan whatsoever or entering a new relationship where the outcome is uncertain, you dive all the way in.

As a Leo, who is a fire sign, you hate being stuck in your comfort zone.

Sometimes you’re not even aware of doing so but you really revel in your thrilling life, even when it includes a lot of drama and turmoil.

Basically, anything is better than being bored or trapped in a routine. You’re someone who isn’t afraid of taking risks, especially when you have no clue what might happen next.

Funny to be around

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You have a great sense of humor and you’re extremely fun to be around.

Whenever your friends are in a bad place, you’re the one to cheer them up.

You have a very specific and unique sense of humor that not many can understand. However, the ones who do find it hilarious.

Courageous

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The word ‘coward’ doesn’t exist in your dictionary.

In fact, sometimes you’ll go out of your way to even make not so smart choices just to prove to yourself and others that you’re brave enough to pull them off.

When I tell you that you’re courageous, I’m not only talking about physical bravery here, even though this is also something you possess.

I’m talking primarily about the fact that you’re literally scared of nothing. People and their actions can’t intimidate you and nor can life circumstances.

When you want something, you’re not afraid to get it. Not only that but you also know that sooner or later, you will find a way to achieve it.

No matter what happens, you’ll know that you’ll be able to overcome all life obstacles. You can’t be deterred and the only person you’re really afraid of is yourself.

However, besides it being one of the positive Leo traits, your courageous side sometimes gets you into trouble.

It can put you in danger or make you do things that you logically shouldn’t be doing.

Therefore, even though you should be proud of this side of yours, use it carefully.

Remember, just because you’re afraid of something, it doesn’t automatically mean that you’re weak. Besides, you don’t have to prove a point to anyone.

Optimistic

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Like every other person in this world, from time to time, you go through certain hardships. However, nobody sees that.

In fact, everyone is convinced that everything in your life is always going smoothly. According to them, you have no problems whatsoever and you’re never sad or miserable.

Well, the trick is in your optimism. At a young age, you realized that you can’t control all of your life circumstances, despite all of your attempts.

On the other hand, the only thing you have complete control over is your reactions to everything going on around you. You can choose to look at things positively or negatively.

Well, lucky for you, you always choose optimism, as this way, nothing and nobody can break you.

You know that every cloud has a silver lining and that a new day will come, despite the storm you’re in now. You never lose faith that good things really do happen to you.

Wherever you appear, you send off this positive vibe. Even on your worst days, you have a wide smile on your face that can hardly be wiped away.

Loyal

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Having a Leo friend means that person hit the jackpot. I promise you that you’re one of the most loyal people they’ll ever meet.

You don’t turn your back on the ones you love, even if that means putting your own mental or emotional health at stake.

You’re one of those people who would defend their friend in front of the entire world.

On the other hand, you will point out their mistakes in private but you would never allow others to talk trash about someone you love.

You’re loyal to the bone and this quality of yours is best seen in difficult times.

You know how they say through good and bad days, in sickness and health?

Well, you really stick to this phrase regarding everyone you consider important. You’re like this toward your friends, family, romantic partner and everyone else.

Nevertheless, you’re not only loyal to people. You’re also loyal to your ideas, attitudes and beliefs that you would never betray, even if your life depended on it.

Honest

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Some might call you too harsh or brutal. However, the truth is that you’re just honest and that is an awesome Leo personality trait not many horoscope signs have.

After some time of knowing you, people start appreciating this about you.

They know that you will never hide things from them and that you’ll tell them everything directly to their face, which is rare in today’s world.

You’re someone who hates false pretenses. You’ll always choose to say the truth, as awful as it might be, over telling a lie to protect someone.

Basically, you know that every lie is detected sooner or later so what’s the point of hiding the truth anyhow, when it will come out to the surface one way or another?

Big-hearted

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Sometimes, you have a cold exterior but the truth is actually quite different. You’re one of the sun signs that has the biggest heart ever.

However, this is especially seen when Leo is your moon sign.

I’m not only talking about your kindness and generosity here. Instead, I’m referring to your enormous ability to love.

This is especially true when it comes to the Leo zodiac sign in romantic relationships. Every partner you’ve ever had testifies that they’ve never been loved by anyone that much.

Hand in hand with this comes your ability to forgive.

When you care for someone deeply, you’re ready to give them numerous second chances and you forgive them for things everyone else would cut them off for.

Nevertheless, this doesn’t mean that people are welcome to use your enormous heart and it doesn’t mean that your patience doesn’t have its limits.

Yes, it takes you a long time before you finally kick someone out of your life.

However, when you do it, there is no more coming back.

They could be down on their knees begging, promising that they will change and make everything right but you’re done with them.

It takes you a long time to move on from someone who’s done you harm but once you do it, there is absolutely nothing they could do to come back to your mercy again.

Determined

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Belonging to this sun sign, one of your predominant Leo traits is your devotion to your goals.

Having Leo personality traits means that you’re committed to people, ambitions and the things you want to accomplish.

According to your tarot reading and even your daily horoscope, when you set your mind on something, there is absolutely nothing or nobody that can stop you.

There is no obstacle that can pull you back from your path.

As a fixed sign, you’re not a quitter, there is no doubt about that. In fact, when you want something, you go all the way in, no matter the risks.

For as long as you can remember, you have been an overachiever. For you, success is your biggest motivation.

This is especially true when it comes to your education and career. When you were in school, you were always at the top of your class and you’re also high up in your job.

Artistic

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Here is something not many people know about you; namely that you’re extremely talented in different types of art.

You’re creative and if nothing else, you enjoy observing art.

However, there usually appears a problem when it comes to you actually being an artist.

You see, you only accept perfection and nothing below that so once you don’t meet your artistic expectations, you refuse to show your art to the rest of the world and in most cases, you end up keeping it to yourself.

Hear me out on this one; you’re already successful in all life areas. You have a great career and therefore, art can just be your passion.

Instead of letting it become your burden, just enjoy it and see it as a way to relax.

Social butterfly

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Having an incredible sense of humor and being extremely loyal and caring, it is perfectly natural that you have tons of friends.

People love hanging out with you and you’re no different either.

In fact, everyone belonging to the Leo horoscope sign are true social butterflies.

You revel in crowded places, you like clubbing and going to concerts, can’t wait for an opportunity to travel and to spend time with other people, one way or another.

Being curious, you’re especially devoted to seeing new cultures and customs.

You don’t mind exiting your comfort zone and are always up to getting to know new people and experiencing their lifestyles, at least for some time.

Consequently, you have an extremely wide circle of friends or should we say, acquaintances.

Something not many know about you is that you actually have very few real friends.

There are a lot of people you like spending time with, people you can go out with or grab a cup of coffee with.

However, you carefully choose the ones you let all the way in. You’re not reckless when it comes to picking the people you can open up to completely.

Charming

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Some might call you manipulative, thanks to this trait, but the truth is that you’re in fact quite charming.

You’ve been like this ever since you were a little kid; even when you were in some kind of mischief, you managed to get out of it without any major consequences, one way or another.

This has continued throughout your adulthood years. Nobody knows how this happens but the truth is that people do forgive you more easily than others.

It’s most likely that you have something called the likeability factor. It’s this inexplicable charm that nobody can stay immune to.

Somehow, you always end up getting what or who you want.

You have this incredible ability to persuade people to do things and change their minds, without them even being aware of what hit them.

Self-confident

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When it comes to the star signs with the least insecurities, every astrologer will tell you that you’re definitely at the top of the list.

In fact, your self-confidence is something most envy you for.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re performing, giving a speech in front of a bunch of strangers or just going out on the first date with someone new; you don’t doubt your performance.

This is especially true for those with Mars in Leo.

You are perfectly aware of your charisma that knocks everyone off their feet. Besides, you’re certain about your abilities and everything you can do.

Unlike most, you’re perfectly aware of your qualities. You possess a strong level of self-assurance that makes people think good of you, even when they shouldn’t.

Basically, you respect yourself and others follow. You think that you’re amazing and nobody dares to doubt you.

However, the key to your confidence is the faith you have in your emotional strength. Despite your optimism, you know that failure is possible.

So, when you believe in yourself, it doesn’t mean that you have endless faith that you’ll always succeed.

Instead, you trust yourself and know that you have what it takes to handle whatever the outcome is.

Ambitious

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Another great personality trait common for almost all Leos is definitely your desire for progress.

Some might say that you’re never fully satisfied with the things you have. You always want a higher education, a bigger house, a better position at work…

However, I would just call this being ambitious. Because that is exactly what you are. You are simply determined to succeed and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.

What you’re actually doing is pushing yourself forward.

You’re testing your limits and you have high expectations of yourself simply because you know how much you can accomplish.

12 Negative Leo Traits

Attention-seeker

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There is no doubt about your biggest flaw: You seek attention.

You do it at any cost and no matter what, since it’s the most important thing in your life. Of course, this is due to your incredibly high levels of self-confidence.

Instead of being insecure about people observing you, you’re at your best when you know that all eyes are on you.

For as long as you can remember, you’ve always been like this. You are certainly the lead role in your life and this is how things should be.

However, most of the time, you crave the limelight to the point where you lose all your scruples in order to get it.

The moment you start doubting that someone is trying to steal the center of attention from you, you automatically classify them as your arch enemy.

Also, this trait of yours often causes troubles in your relationships, especially when it comes to romance.

As soon as you start to consider that the other person isn’t giving you as much attention as you want, you leave the relationship, in search of someone who can give you the limelight.

This also happens with your friendships, despite your immense loyalty. The worst thing someone can do to you is ignore you. Whatever you do, you expect reactions to your actions.

In fact, you cope with hatred and anger way better than you do with indifference.

When you see someone is not putting you at the center of attention, you go absolutely crazy and you can’t calm down until you at least get some feedback from them.

Also, you love publicity so much that you rarely keep your life private.

Yes, there are some parts you share with only a few people but in most cases, you enjoy everyone knowing who you are.

Consequently, you’re probably obsessed with social media.

Spoiled

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Being spoiled is only cute when it comes to a little child.

However, this becomes a character flaw of Leo once you grow up, or at least once you reach the age when you should be a grown-up.

However, as a Leo, you never surpass this phase that most kids outgrow and instead, you remain spoiled for the rest of your life.

For those who only know you superficially, this is just another part of your charm. However, it really does get annoying for your loved ones.

You see, you expect everyone to pamper you and to fulfill your needs and desires.

You demand things to always go your way and when they don’t, you turn into a real lunatic.

You know how toddlers have a phase where they throw tantrums? Well, whether you see it or not, you behave in a similar manner when you don’t get what you want.

Remember that you’re not the center of the world. Therefore, not everyone is put on this planet to serve you.

Sarcastic

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We’ve already talked about your incredible and unique sense of humor. Nobody will argue that you’re not exceptionally funny.

However, in some cases, you’re borderline ironic and sarcastic and nobody likes this Leo trait, especially when it gets out of hand.

You have a habit of making fun of people and making them feel bad. The good news is that in most situations, you don’t do it deliberately.

The problem is that your self-esteem is so high that rarely anyone can trigger your insecurities so you assume that everyone else is just like you.

You know that a certain comment would never insult you, so why would it make someone else feel bad?

Well, newsflash: We’re all separate individuals and have different levels of self-confidence.

I hate to break it to you but sometimes you cross the line and make the other person feel bad thanks to your sarcastic comments.

They feel like you’re insulting them and making fun of them, which isn’t pleasant for anyone.

Another set of circumstances that awakens your sarcasm is most certainly the situations in which you’re hurt.

You see, your ego couldn’t stand admitting that someone was so important to you that they managed to emotionally harm you so you don’t want to pay them back in the same manner.

After all, if you did, they would realize that they got to you. Therefore, instead of revealing your vulnerable side, you choose to mask your pain with sarcasm.

Well, I hate to burst your bubble but people notice this so you basically accomplish nothing.

Materialistic

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You enjoy materialistic things and you don’t keep that a secret. After all, nobody has the right to judge you on how you’ll spend the money that you earned by yourself.

However, the problem is that you take the materialistic world too seriously and even put it above spirituality.

You value people according to the way they are dressed and based on the possessions they have.

Also, you love bragging about everything you own. You show off your luxury, without thinking of the possible consequences that kind of behavior can leave on others.

Please, realize that this is shallow. There are many things that are more important than clothes, cars and other things that money can buy.

Controlling

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Even though you do to some extent realize that you have no power to control each one of your life circumstances, you’re still a control freak.

Knowing that you’re a born leader, you got used to people following you and looking at you as an alpha.

However, when that doesn’t happen, you’re on the verge of a nervous breakdown.

You can’t stand anything being out of your control and you simply refuse to follow someone else’s lead, let alone their orders.

That is why you function the best in management positions at work. As soon as you have a superior whose job it is to tell you what to do, you feel threatened.

Also, you have great faith in your intelligence and decision-making skills.

This trait, in combination with loyalty and your caring behavior toward your friends, often brings you a lot of trouble.

Simply put, you have the desire to control the lives of your closest ones. You’re convinced that you know what’s best for them.

However, when they disobey you and continue living their lives on their own terms, you take it personally. You get offended by them not taking your advice.

Actually, you can’t wait for them to admit that they made a poor choice just so you could tell them, “I told you so.”

Short-tempered

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You’re the last person in the world anyone wants to make angry. You’re short-tempered and you get furious in the blink of an eye.

When someone crosses the line with you, you’re practically done with them.

You’re kind-hearted and have a high level of tolerance but once you’re pushed over the edge, anything can happen.

If you are in this kind of mood, you can no longer control your words or actions. You’re capable of saying things and insulting people in ways nobody could even imagine.

You see red and your rage takes you over completely. Even though you consciously want to calm yourself down, you simply can’t.

I know that this is just a stage and that you cool off pretty quickly but have in mind how others might feel around you during these outbursts.

Nobody has a duty to put up with you when you’re like this. Even when someone does you wrong, there is no need to have this kind of reaction.

After all, anger won’t bring you any closer to a solution. Instead, it will just destroy your clear judgment and the issue you’re upset about will appear even worse than it actually is.

Competitive

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There is absolutely nothing wrong with being competitive to a certain extent. After all, seeing other people succeed gives you inspiration.

It gives you the desire to be better than them and to create even better things with your life.

However, when it comes to Leos, you definitely overreact when it comes to this trait. In fact, after a while, winning becomes your number one priority in life.

You see everyone as your threat. I’m not talking about the healthy competition here; I’m talking about the fact that you’re ready to do whatever it takes just to be the best.

The worst part is that nobody forces you into anything. In fact, you’re the one making your life a living hell with this personality trait.

I know that you’re ambitious. You’re very well aware that you’re destined for great things and of how much you can accomplish.

Nevertheless, it seems that you keep forgetting about one thing, that sometimes participating brings you more joy and fun than competing ever will.

So, for a change, don’t concentrate on winning a trophy so much and relieve yourself of a little pressure. I can assure you that you’ll feel much better in your own skin.

Self-centered

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Loving yourself more than anyone else is not selfish. In fact, it is how things should be and this is your life motto as well.

After all, it doesn’t matter how many loved ones you have in your surroundings, the relationship you have with yourself is always the most important one.

Despite all the wholehearted love you feel for others, you’re your own number one priority.

Without any judgment, this is something many should learn from you.

However, there is a thin line between enormous self-love and egocentrism.

The problem is that you often cross that line and really do appear as a selfish egomaniac.

I’m not talking about disregarding other people’s emotions here. After all, it has already been said that you’re kind and caring.

Instead, I’m referring to the fact that you act like you’re not able to walk a mile in other people’s shoes.

You disregard their opinions, perspectives and points of view.

Besides, you think that you’re the smartest and most beautiful person in the room, regardless of your surroundings.

You put yourself on a pedestal, without being aware of it, and by doing this, you put everyone else in a subordinate position.

Jealous

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Whether you want to admit this or not, a proven fact is that you can go crazy jealous.

You’re jealous in your romantic relationships and jealous of someone stealing the spotlight from you. The worst part is that you can’t control this.

As much as you try to reason with yourself in the situations you find yourself in, you can’t seem to control this overwhelming sensation that wakes up inside of you.

Besides being jealous, you’re also envious.

You can’t stand someone achieving more than you or being successful in whatever life fields you consider important and this all happens due to your competitive and ambitious nature.

Another thing connected with jealousy is your possessive nature. When someone is yours, you think that you own them.

This is especially true when it comes to your romantic relationships.

In fact, thanks to this, you often happen to give other parties the wrong impression.

For example, you’ll get jealous and possessive when your ex finds a new partner.

Naturally, everyone will see this as a sure-fire sign that you haven’t gotten over them and that you still love them.

However, when it comes to someone who belongs to the sign of Leo, the situation is quite different.

You’re not acting like this because of your intense emotions but due to your ego problems.

You can’t stand the mere thought of another person having someone you considered to be yours. You find it insulting and you see it as a personal attack.

Arrogant

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Let’s be real; you’re arrogant. It’s a real wonder how so many people put up with you and forgive you for this horrible trait.

The truth is that, for some reason, you think that you’re better than everyone else.

Yes, you’re always surrounded by people but deep down, you consider yourself to be more worthy than them.

Being aware of your own value is amazing. Nevertheless, this doesn’t include putting others down.

Besides being patronizing to most people, you also think that they can never reach your level. As hard as they try, they just never can in your eyes.

Lazy

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Even though you’re extremely successful, one of your darkest secrets is that you’re actually incredibly lazy at the same time. You hate working and putting effort into anything.

However, you do adore enjoying the fruits of your labor.

At the end of the day, when you put everything on a scale, you love success and money more than you hate working.

Therefore, somehow you manage to disregard your laziness, due to your bigger goals.

Nevertheless, if it was up to you, you would never work a day in your life. Everyone would pamper you and you would spend all of your days enjoying different pleasures in life.

Prideful

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Due to your fragile ego, your pride always comes first. Your biggest problem here is that you don’t know the difference between dignity and pride.

It’s one thing not to let everyone who enters your life walk over you, it’s one thing to appreciate yourself and actually, this is what you should do.

However, you behave completely differently. You’re so prideful that you allow your pride to ruin your life.

Instead of chasing after your heart’s desires, you’ll always choose your ego. Naturally, you do this since you see it as the only possible prevention against being hurt.

Come to think about it, how many opportunities have you missed because of this? Most importantly, how many people have you lost thanks to your pride?

No, nobody played you for a fool. Nevertheless, you weren’t happy about these decisions either. Finally, was it really worth it? I guess not.

Just like with the rest of the zodiac signs, there are some appealing and less appealing Leo traits that everyone belonging to this sign has.

However, remember that we all have two wolves inside of us.

One is bad and the other one is good. It’s only up to us which one we will feed and which one will grow stronger.