Leo’s expectations can be crazy high.
They keep the true height of them secret. Left unaddressed, they lead to Self-Limiting Syndrome or Leo becomes a Dark Sun Leo.
This style of Leo only rates sycophants. Anyone else is “disloyal.”
Or they generate tawdry dramas out of inferior material. They need a stage, arena, or creative outlet. If they can’t be Performance Leo, they’ll turn their life into a third-rate, daytime drama.
Like a knock-off perfume compared to the real thing, they’ll use synthetic sentiment instead of genuine emotion. Pretending to despise quality recognition, they’ll take cheaper forms of validation wherever they can get it.
Dark Sun Leos are tragic, clutching at rusty trophies and creating constant control dramas. They dilute the Leo love of culture into pomposity. The natural Leonine flair for fashion turns into style snark.
They project Leo expectations onto everyone but themselves.
Of course, there are Leos with a pro work ethic and the willingness to be humble at appropriate points in their vector.
They are all Performance Leos, dedicated to their craft and creating a legend out of their lives via devotion to an art form or cause.