A pride of lions
"I was not the lion, but it fell to me to give the lion's roar." ~Winston Churchill
The lion personality has the unmistakable presence of nobility. Moving with the unruffled calm of a cat and the dignified gait of someone in command, lions have no need to walk or talk quickly since they're never in danger of being ignored or marginalized. Every now and then, the lion will play to its gruff reputation by dramatically reprimanding a subordinate or impulsively making love to its partner with unsheathed claws. But underneath all its hissing and scratching, it's still a pussycat at heart.
Lions usurp a disproportional amount of resources with their extravagant lifestyles, and because of their voracious appetites society cannot support a great number of them.
Energetic and strong, lions respect strength in others and have no time for subtlety. Their moods are demonstrated with abandon, from yawning in public to growling at impudent inferiors, and they feel no need to follow social etiquette. They're always the first to complain about bad food or service in a restaurant, but are fair-minded and equitable and are often called to settle disputes of others.
When a lion is hired into a new job, things immediately begin to change. Alliances are forged and old rules are thrown out without regard for the feelings of others. In short order, there is a new sense of direction and a tangible sense of confidence that percolates throughout the organization. Perhaps because of their powerful personalities lions are not detail oriented, for the minutia of the mundane irritates the lion. It prefers to concentrate on the bigger picture, expecting its mate to do the 'trivial' tasks of shopping, housekeeping and childrearing.
In business the lion prefers to surround itself with animals beneath it in the food chain, offering leadership, strength and protection in exchange for loyalty and hard work. Realizing that its survival depends on these animals it is protective and possessive with its employees, but at the end of the day insists on taking the lion's share of the profits.
Lions are aggressive, predictable and dependable. Others always know where they stand with a lion, and their confidence and leadership abilities make them successful CEOs, company presidents, judges or lion tamers.
With the exception of the tiger, the lion is the largest member of the cat family and commands enormous respect wherever it is found. Lions were once common throughout Southem Europe, Asia, and the whole of Africa, but the last lion in Europe died about two thousand years ago. They were exterminated largely because of their perceived threat to man.
Lions live in prides and hunt cooperatively. Each pride is serviced by one or two male lions, whose job it is to protect the territory from marauding hyenas and single male lions. In return, the male lion gets the benefit of feeding first at the lioness' kills.
It is not widely known that lions are not completely carnivorous and will even eat fruit occasionally. They typically eat the entrails of their prey first, taking advantage of the minerals, salts, and vitamins from their victim's last meal.
Nick Cage clawed his way to the top of Hollywood's A-listers through determination and guile, and his lion personality is on display in his personal life as well. The divorce from his second wife lasted longer than the marriage.
It's hard to be a lion. You may be on top of the food chain, but there's always someone looking to knock you off your perch. The hard-driven founder of CNN and many other successful businesses, Ted Turner was the ultimate male lion personality.
Women don't make it as big in Hollywood as Sharon Stone did, by being mousey. Sharon Stone embodies the ultimate lioness.... strong, proud and gorgeous.
Lions are not really lions unless they’re comfortably mated. They are unsettled when their mate is away, and downright melancholy when not in a relationship. In this regard, they are unlike the rest of the feline family (wild cats, tigers, and cheetahs) whose natural equilibrium exists outside a monogamous relationship.
In bed, lions are ardent and spontaneous, and the lion's lover can look forward to being the object of a wonderfully intense desire. Unfortunately, this enthusiasm only lasts for a few minutes before a mighty roar signals the end of its performance. On the positive side of the ledger, lions display their admirable stamina by quickly regaining their animal passions.
There are only a few personality types able to withstand the pressures of marriage to a lion, and herbivores such as sheep, deer, sable, and bison are especially at risk of being mauled by its sharp wit and tongue. The lion is well served in sticking to relationships with larger carnivores like bears and tigers that can match the lion pound for pound.
However, lions should not be seduced into relationships with the wolf or wild dog personalities, for although superficially compatible with its forceful disposition, these animals are, after all, members of the canine family that conflict with its feline nature.
Enjoy each other's style
A power couple
Friends for life
Like an old shoe
You can handle each other
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