(May 21 – June 20)
To say that you’re indecisive isn’t to imply that you’re wishy-washy or the type of person who takes so long to decide between the hamburger and the chicken sandwich at the drive-thru window that people in cars behind you start honking. It’s to say that you see the impossible complexities of life and the fact that nature itself is indecisive—day follows night just as summer follows winter. You can see the merits of either side of any controversy and are almost weighed down by your ability to see the bigger picture. You’re skeptical about the motivations of anyone who wishes to lead others. As H.L. Mencken wrote, “The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false-face for the urge to rule it. Power is what all messiahs really seek: not the chance to serve.” You are haunted by the possibility you may make the wrong decision and negatively impact others and yourself as a result.
(September 23 – October 22)
In keeping with your namesake the Scales, you avoid taking sides and wish everyone could get along. You’re all for balance and harmony rather than mergers and acquisitions. You’re not cutthroat and ruthless—which is a good measure of you as a human being, but it sort of disqualifies you as a bold leader. You’re too fair-minded to make a good leader. Your personality traits would make you good for arbitration and mediation, but not for leadership. You’d more suited to be a referee than a team captain. You’d make a great diplomat, but not a very good ruler.
(November 22 – December 21)
You approach every situation with a considered thoughtfulness that can be misinterpreted as indecisiveness. You make great decisions, but not quickly enough to qualify you as leadership material. You see the complexity of things, and it can be overwhelming. It’s not a weakness—it’s actually a strength, but the best leaders offer simple solutions to a public that demands simple answers. Leaders are good at telling people what they want to hear and also in oversimplifying situations to make them digestible to the general public. You are better qualified as an analyst than a leader because you are almost paralyzed by a fear of making the wrong decision. Sometimes it’s best to just flip a coin.
(February 19 – March 20)
You tell people what they need to hear, not what they want to hear. You are never unnecessarily mean, but on the other hand, you don’t sugarcoat things to spare someone’s feelings. These are the qualities of a great friend, or even a great therapist, but they’re not the qualities of a leader. You realize that any decision you make can have a positive or negative impact on every living organism in the water around you. Overall, you’d be better suited as a judge than as an executive.
(June 21 – July 22)
There’s a lot of tenderness and sweetness hidden inside that hardened Crab shell of yours. A generally humble and self-effacing sort, you shy away from the massive responsibility of leading people. You simply don’t have the ego required to do it—and trust me, that’s a compliment. As Leo Tolstoy wrote, “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” But he was wrong when it comes to you—you’d rather focus on self-improvement than on saving the world.
(April 20 – May 20)
You have no desire to manage anything but your own life. And with how well you manage your own life, you’d actually be a great leader—but it’s simply a role that has no appeal to you. You are great at management and organization, but you have no desire to make decisions on others’ behalf. To you, it seems a trifle rude to want to lord it over other people. You distrust anyone who wants to be a leader. You see them as self-absorbed egomaniacs. You realize that according to some studies, psychopaths are drawn to professions where they have control over the lives of others. You are suspicious of authority figures—that doesn’t imply you have a “problem” with them, but it may wind up that they have a problem with you. One thing leaders don’t like is insubordination.
(August 23 – September 22)
You are intensely analytical, possibly to the point of overthinking things. You are extremely pragmatic—which can a great quality for a leader—but you are also intensely ethical. Problem is, the most ethical people are not always the best leaders. Sometimes, leaders are forced to cut corners or make backroom deals that go against their ethics merely to achieve your goals. But your main goal is to be ethical rather than a leader. You don’t seek to lead merely for the mad power rush it might give you—you’d only want to lead people to do the right thing. Although that’s a virtue in and of itself, it can be a liability for any would-be leader.
(October 23 – November 21)
You are ruled by a burning passion and determination that naturally inspires confidence among followers. The problem, though, is that you have no innate desire to be a leader. You find the entire proposition to be exhausting. You’re realistic and realize that leading a group of people can be even more complicated than trying to choreograph of group of feral cats to perform a Broadway dance routine. To you, the glory of being a leader is not worth all the headaches. With leadership comes responsibility. And you’d rather not be responsible for a group of innately irresponsible people.
(December 22 – January 19)
You have a take-charge attitude that never comes off as overbearing. You are bold but never rude, strong but never oppressive. It’s a tough balancing act. You’re great at delegating responsibility, which is one of the most important skills for any aspiring leader. But you will start and finish any job if no one under you is competent enough to do it, which can become a liability in a world so riddled with incompetence at every level. You act quickly and judiciously. You don’t dilly-dally or shilly-shally. And one thing is for sure—you NEVER lollygag. And you wouldn’t be caught dead dawdling.
(July 23 – August 22)
You see problems as wild beasts that must be tamed. You have a dominant alpha personality and an infectious confidence that makes people want to line up behind you and follow you wherever you go. You are charismatic and persuasive. But you expect everyone else to be exactly like you are, which often leads to disappointment. When people fail to live up to the lofty standards that you set and keep for yourself, you get angry—and sometimes you express that anger, which makes you seem like a tyrant rather than a leader. If you learned how to express your frustrations with your underlings in private rather than to their faces, you’d probably be the perfect leader.
(January 19 – February 18)
You are, in every imaginable way, the best boss that anyone could ever dream of having. You handle a massive array of insanely complicated tasks with a remarkable sense of quiet stoicism—never complaining and never lashing out at others. You are attentive, kind, and compassionate. You are the sort of person how sees the humanity in others long before you even bother to notice how they may differ from you ideologically. Because of your immense generosity, you inspire loyalty and a sense of obligation in others.
(March 21 – April 19)
You are strong-minded and forceful, with a confidence that’s infectious. You don’t always make the best decisions, but you make them so quickly, firmly, and resolutely that it inspires confidence in others. You are ruled by logic rather than emotion, yet you manage to never come off seeming cold or detached. The stars blessed you with a lightning-quick ability to cut to the heart of any matter and steer any crisis toward a resolution. You love to win and hate to lose, which makes you a natural-born leader.