The Best And Worst Characteristics Of Leo

People born under the astrological sign of Leo, the lion, are true examples of fire signs. Born between July 23 and August 22, their ruling planetary body is the sun, which makes perfect sense for these sensational summer babies (via Cosmopolitan). As Women's Health explains, fire represents passion, warmth, idealism, impatience, and inspiration. As such, Leos are deeply in touch with the "emotional intensities" within them. Like true big cats, they purr loudly when happy and roar when displeased. It's unlikely anyone would ever describe a Leo as soft-spoken, yielding, or buttoned up. 

Leo's best characteristics

Those born under the Leo zodiac sign aren't afraid to throw themselves headlong into any endeavor that interests them. They are impassioned about their goals and interests, and can easily inspire others around them to get involved. They are born leaders and doers, and their powerful confidence and enthusiasm can easily persuade others to fall in line behind them, whether on a professional project or a group bike ride. 

They wear their hearts on their sleeves, and their passionate natures can be absolutely magnetic. Their personalities are big, and so are their hearts. Leos also make passionate partners, and yes, they expect to be treated like kings and queens. But when they feel appreciated and seen, they can be the biggest cheerleaders in their partners' lives and will invest equally passionate energy into their better halves.

Worst characteristics of a Leo

While all of this drive and center-of-attention energy has many perks, Leos — like all zodiac signs — have downsides, too. As Cosmo notes, "There is no second fiddle for Leo, or any justifiable obstacle as to why they shouldn't have exactly what they want, when they want it." In other words, Leos can feel entitled and impatient, and can therefore sometimes make unreasonable demands on people in their lives or become deeply despondent or surprisingly angry over what might seem small slights or minor disappointments. If Leos feel disrespected, ignored, or written off, they can let that fiery temper get the better of them and become very petty very fast, sometimes burning bridges they regret burning once they've had a moment to cool off. 

Interestingly, as fiery and impassioned as Leos usually are, if they have trouble finding something that sparks their interest or are forced to engage in something they find boring, they can become uncharacteristically apathetic, cool, shut-down, and even lazy. Leos need to be able to explore their true passions in order to take the reins as the natural and charismatic leaders they are. If you are or know a Leo who's feeling stuck in a rut, this is a great time to get outside, research a new topic of interest, reconnect with friends, or set a new goal. Reminding yourself what drives you is all you may need to start burning bright and warm like your ruling sun again.