How to Get Along With a Leo

Get Along With a Leo

Leos are boisterous, fun-loving and warm-hearted, but there's no denying that they can come on a little strong from time to time. Beneath their loud and prideful exterior lies a true and loyal friend, so take some time to get to know Leo.

An issue that a lot of people have with Leos is that they can be quite proud. They can toot their own horn too often and talk about their accomplishments and talents as a means of fishing for compliments. Some people will perceive this as arrogance, but Leos just like to revel in what they do well. Instead of letting it irritate you, listen to them attentively and then let them know of your recent achievements. They'll most likely hear everything you have to say and commend you for it.

At parties and in social settings, Leos like to be the center of attention. That means that they will talk the loudest, laugh the hardest and do whatever they can to impress everyone around them. This sometimes results in quieter, more timid friends being overshadowed. If this frustrates you, there are a couple of ways to cope with it. The healthiest thing is to join Leo in the spotlight by becoming an active part in their antics so that you don't feel left out. If you don't feel comfortable with that, you could always step out of the scene for the time being and socialize with those who aren't currently caught in Leo's gravitational pull. However, if it becomes very extreme you could always have a heart to heart with your Leo friend.

In situations that require direction and leadership, Leos take the cake. Born under the the sign of the lion, Leos are natural leaders. The dark side of this characteristic is that they can become bossy and domineering, which can make other people feel as if their efforts are unappreciated. If you find yourself in a situation where your Leo friend is bossing you around, simply inform him that you don't require his direction and that you can handle things on your own.

Leos are generally happy, good-spirited folks, but when they lose their temper they are truly a force to be reckoned with. For this reason, let them blow off their steam if they're upset about something. If they're angry at a particular person or situation, listen to them attentively and they will greatly appreciate it. If it's you they're mad at, don't try to argue directly with them while they're worked up because you'll most likely lose.

While Leos seem to be the most confident people on the planet, they do have bouts of insecurity and need a lot of love and reassurance from their friends. Don't make the mistake of assuming they don't have a soft side. When you get closer to a Leo, you realize that there's a sweet, soft kitten behind the lion's roar.

Ashley Schaeffer has been writing professionally since 2005, specializing in arts-and-entertainment, health and wellness topics. She has written extensively for "Buzzine Magazine," the culture and entertainment publication of Richard Elfman. Schaeffer holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in comparative literature and Spanish, both from UC Berkeley, and is pursuing a master's degree in counseling psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies.