The added influence of the Rat's presence in a Leo personality is believed to create individuals with a proud and stylish nature. When the Western star sign of Leo the Lion joins with the Chinese astrological Rat it is an excellent match. The two animals affected character traits in the Leo Rat produce people who are a good balance of strength and sensitivity of mind. They seem to carry with them an air of grace and class, mixed with an inquisitive, creative streak and quick-witted sense of humor. The Leo Rat is usually charming and sociable, but on occasion they can also be aloof and impatient if things are not going all their own way.
A Leo Rat is very ambitious and industrious; they will work hard to achieve goals in life and do not give up on things easily. They have a determined and optimistic outlook and so are effective motivators. They may be selective in their work-related choices, often preferring positions that demand variety and physical or mental challenges. The Leo Rat person tends to have a love of the luxuries in life, enjoying anything that is new or different. This fondness of luxury is not always materialistic, as these Leos consider their partners, family and friends as some of the most wonderful pleasures of life.
As the Leo Rat has a fine equilibrium of a strong and compassionate personality, they have a tendency to be very fair-minded. These are ideal traits for communicating well with others, and make the Leo Rat a brilliant peacemaker. Their personalities are often also filled with playful, kind and loving qualities, and so these people are likely to form solid and committed relationships. They value privacy in their home lives, and often opt for socializing with friends outside the home rather than inside it. These individuals are highly protective of and extremely loyal to those close to them.
The balanced and confident Leo Rat is especially skilled in leadership, and they are happiest when they are in charge. These characters are usually best matched with partners that are flexible and easygoing and will not mind the Leo Rat leading in their relationship. The Leo Rat's classy and strong-willed persona can sometimes suggest them as being egotistical, but this is not a true reflection of their personalities. They may appear tough on the exterior, but in reality they are inclined to be really deep thinkers who are extremely sensitive to the feelings of others.
Leo Rat's personalities are not without their negative traits and noticeable weakness in their characters. These people can be quite domineering if they feel like they are losing control of a situation or excluded in any way. The Leo Rat does not like to take a back seat, and hates to be ignored or rejected. In these circumstances, their normally placid natures may become acutely stubborn, bossy and controlling. If this reaction behavior is not encouraged, these Leo's learn to accept that they cannot expect to always have things go their way.