So, you’ve got your eyes on a Leo? He’s fiery, ambitious, charismatic, really opinionated – and acts like he should be treated like royalty – and he also ranks as #6 on our list of zodiac signs that make the best boyfriends ranked from best to worst.
The Leo is a complex being, just like the lion that demands attention when he walks into any room. His gaze is captivating, his manners are charming – but there’s a lot more to a Leo man than first meets the eye.
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The Leo Man in a Nutshell
Born at the peak of summer, Leos have their birthday between July 23 and August 22. One thing is certain when it comes to this star sign: life is never boring in their company. He’s a fire sign, represented by the Sun, and acts like everything revolves around him – and quite often, it does.
- Most people accept that Leos are the most outgoing star sign, demanding the most attention from others.
- People are drawn to him because he’s magnetic and charismatic. He’s got an opinion on everything and isn’t afraid to express it. He likes a good challenge, but careful not to hurt his ego. He hates losing.
- He can be really self-absorbed, so much so that you might struggle to get him to see things from your perspective – and instead be met with stubbornness and confusion from his side.
- Leos live for drama, adore the attention, and enjoy sharing stories about all their friends and acquaintances. If he sounds like a nightmare, it’s because he sure can be a challenge to date!
The best thing you can do when you like a Leo, is to approach the relationship very carefully, or run away entirely if he really isn’t a good match – basically, the same approach you’d have if you saw a lion in the wild.
Here are 10 things you should know if you’re ready to date a Leo:
1. He’s sensational.
There’s so much to be said about this star sign, you could read an entire book about him and still have so much to uncover – what he likes, why he does the things he does, what kind of woman can get and keep his attention, and more.
Just like fellow Leos Barack Obama, Chris Hemsworth and Jason Momoa, the Leo is extremely charismatic, and likes to shine bright anywhere he goes. He just can’t help it! Get used to the fact that he’ll be surrounded by a lot of attention anywhere he goes.
In the office, he’ll be demanding everyone’s respect – and might not be so popular all the time. Remind him that he’s a star in your eyes, whenever he starts complaining about work mates.
2. He demands to be treated like a king.
The Leo will show you constant affection, but will demand the same in return. That’s how he is in all his relationships; a king amongst subjects, who also gives a lot of respect, time and warmth.
If a Leo feels good, everyone around him will feel happy too. That’s the magic trick! He’s confident in his demeanour and rarely changes his convictions. His confidence often comes off as cocky, which not every woman would appreciate in a romantic relationship.
When he wants to make a point, he comes across as direct and bold, which can also be perceived as a little arrogant or even aggressive. He likes a good challenge but stays clear of a woman who’s challenging him for the sake of teasing. His pride won’t let him stand that for long.
3. He always follows his heart.
Unlike some other star signs who prefer logic over emotions when it comes to making decisions, the Leo is first and foremost ruled by his heart. He doesn’t do anything that he doesn’t feel a strong desire for, and prefers to follow his gut in most situations.
He goes for what he wants, when he wants it. If he’s got his eyes on you, trust that he will do everything in his power to chase you and get you out on a date. He’s passionate in his romantic relationships and doesn’t let too much thinking get in the way.
He’s a guy who doesn’t take no for an answer – so if you want him to slow down, you need to be really clear with him and set some boundaries.
4. He can be vain.
A little vain at times, and at other times completely obsessed with his appearance, the Leo always takes care of how he looks – especially how he appears in public. He really wants to be the whole package – well groomed, well spoken, and funny.
He likes to feel that people look at him, and his wild sense of humor. He appreciates a woman who can be an equal to him – someone who looks good and knows it, and isn’t shy or trying to hide her good looks.
The Leo looks for a queen in the woman next to him. He wants to be with someone he’d be proud to be seen with, and who won’t try to change him. Together with a Leo, you can surely be a power couple. Just make sure you have enough room to shine on your own, and don’t get lost in trying to make him feel happy – pay attention to your own needs as well as his.
5. He expects loyalty.
A king is nothing without true loyalty, and you can trust that it’s one of the most important traits he’s looking for in a relationship. He wants a woman who’s there for him in actions. She needs to be his biggest fan and the one who always believes in him.
He can smell dishonesty from miles away and he has no patience for games. He’s a natural born leader and wants to feel that the woman next to him isn’t afraid of that. She is trustworthy, reliable and generous.
6. He’s a hopeless romantic.
Ruled by his heart and intuition in everything he does, the Leo is one of the most romantic of all the star signs. If that’s what you like, you’ll be one lucky woman!
He’s the guy who’ll buy you flowers for no reason, and do it often. He’ll post multiple pictures of the two of you on his Instagram, and he loves PDA. He wants to wine and dine his woman and spoil her rotten. He thinks the whole world should know that he’s in love and that she is his.
Be careful not to let him turn the relationship into one big show, as he’s definitely capable of doing that. If you’re a little on the shy, more private side, this match can be tricky and even overwhelming. The Leo knows no bounds to expressing his romantic side, and he doesn’t care what anyone thinks.
He falls in love fast and says “I love you” quickly. He also loves a bit of drama, so you can expect he’ll bring a fair dose of that into the relationship.
If you want to date someone lowkey, then forget about trying to make it work with a Leo. He’s got a fragile ego that requires constant affection and words of affirmation. He won’t last long with a woman who isn’t up for all of it.
7. He’s extremely territorial.
Leos can be difficult to live with, especially if you believe in sharing everything. You might want to think again! He loves his space and possessions, and wants to feel comfortable in a familiar environment with familiar things.
He wants to be center of your universe at home too! Don’t be surprised if he sprawls on the couch and waits for you to bring him food; he likes feeling cared for, like a true king.
As a natural leader, he also hates being told what to do – so if you want him to help around the house, you’d have to be quite clever about it. He needs to think that it’s his idea, and that you’re asking him because only he can do a certain thing and do it really well.
Stroke his ego and you’ll have a scary lion turn into a sweet kitten.
8. Don’t try to make him jealous.
The Leo needs your constant attention and reassurance that he’s the only man in your life. So, don’t even think about trying to make him jealous – it’ll totally backfire and completely upset him.
He doesn’t want to compete with anyone for your love. He knows there’s only one of him, and needs to make sure you know that too! If he doesn’t feel appreciated or special, he’ll start to resent you.
There’s no point in arguing with a Leo; he always comes out victorious in any dispute. If you’re an opinionated woman, he might not be the right match for you. When fire meets fire, it usually doesn’t end well for either side.
9. You need to support his career ambitions.
A career, not just a job, is at the heart of a Leo’s life and is extremely important to him. His leadership skills usually draw him to management positions, and it isn’t rare that he finds himself in politics or law. He definitely doesn’t lack ambition!
He’s so opinionated, loves to set his rules over others, and loves to teach them how to do things the right way. In that sense, you need to support him through and through – to an extent, you might have to accept that his career comes first and his relationship with you second.
He can’t stand a woman who will hold him back and whine for more attention. Instead, you need to encourage him to go after what he wants and reassure him that you’ll be there for him when he’s done (and a word of caution: he’ll never be done!).
10. Let him impress you.
A Leo wants to impress the woman he’s with, wants to shine in her eyes, and wants to know that everything he does is appreciated. Let him take the reins in the early days of the relationship. He’d love to plan an intricate date that’ll wow you!
He’ll probably use it as an opportunity to show what he’s good at, so you can expect an active date like mini golf, pub quiz, or him cooking up a storm for you. At the end of the date, all he wants is flattery – and the more, the better.
The Bottom Line
When it comes to a relationship with a fire sign like Leo, you can expect a lot of affection, warmth and fun – and also sensitivity, ego, and sulky moments. Dating a Leo will never be dull. You’ll always be learning together, challenging each other, and building an exciting life together.
In bed, the Leo appreciates praise as well. He wants to know he’s the best lover you’ve ever had, and if he isn’t, he’s keen to learn. He gives a lot of affection, and is generally quite low maintenance when it comes to keeping him happy.
If you’d like to find out more about a different Zodiac or other star sign compatibilities, check out our complete guide to Horoscopes – and learn how they impact relationships.